Community Engagement Coordinating Council

About the Community Engagement Coordinating Council (CECC)

A top-tier goal of the University’s Strategic Plan for 2014–24 is to “Engage in external collaborations that extend and deepen Notre Dame’s impact.” Previous work toward this end garnered ND’s receipt of the Carnegie Foundation’s Community Engagement elective classification. The University of Notre Dame embraces its identity as a longstanding anchor institution in the local community. This identity is claimed directly in our guiding mission statement as we seek to foster among students “a disciplined sensibility to the poverty, injustice and oppression that burden the lives of so many.” In day-to-day operations, the University’s budget allocations, classroom and research initiatives, and public leadership consistently demonstrate the institutional commitment to community engagement for the common good. A few examples:

  • Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns has served as the focus of community-based learning since 1983. As a University institute with a full-time staff of 35 reporting directly to the Office of the Provost, this unit’s mission is to facilitate community-based learning, research, and service informed by Catholic social tradition.
  • Since 2001, the University’s Office of Public Affairs has operated the Robinson Community Learning Center (with nine staff), an inclusive, local community anchor serving as a hub for education, service, community-building, and personal development programs that enhance the community’s quality of life.
  • The University is among 30 institutions in The Research University Community Engagement Network.
  • The Office of the Provost hosts a part-time faculty position, director of Academic Community Engagement, to support community-based learning and engaged scholarship.
  • The College of Engineering supports a new Center for Civic Innovation.

The Community Engagement Coordinating Council works to  integrate and amplify such University efforts.

Current Council Initiatives 

Carnegie Foundation 2020 Community Engagement Classification

The Council helped to lead the University's application to the Carnegie Foundation for its elective Community Engagement Classification. Council members gathered data from across the Colleges and other University units, submitting the application in April 2019. Now, the CECC is working with colleagues to learn from this extensive self-study, and identify future institutional priorities for engagement. 

Knowledge for Social Change — Ira Harkavy Consultation

The Council will cosponsor a three-day campus visit (September 18-20, 2019) of Ira Harkavy of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Harkavy is the Associate Vice President and Founding Director of the Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a co-author of Knowledge for Social Change: Bacon, Dewey, and the Revolutionary Transformation of Research Universities in the Twenty-First Century. Cosponsors include the Center for Social Concerns, Office of Public Affairs, the Center for Civic Innovation, and the Office of the Provost.

Contact Jay Brandenberger, CECC Chair, for more information.

 

 


 

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Upcoming Events

October 2019

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Information Session: Urban Plunge 2020
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - 4:00pm
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Information Session: Urban Plunge 2020
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 4:00pm
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Information Session: ISSLP 2020
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 8:00pm
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Information Session: Urban Plunge 2020
Thursday, October 31, 2019 - 4:00pm

November 2019

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Application Open: SSLP 2020
Friday, November 1, 2019 (All day)
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Information Session: CGI Jerusalem 2020
Friday, November 1, 2019 - 11:00am to 11:45am
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Application Close: ISSLP 2020
Sunday, November 3, 2019 (All day)
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Film CLASSics - Norma Rae
Sunday, November 3, 2019 - 3:00pm
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Information Session: SSLP 2020
Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 6:00pm
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Information Session: SSLP 2020
Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 6:00pm
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Storytelling for Change
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
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Open Wide our Hearts Brown Bag Lunch Discussion
Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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Labor RAPS | The Just Wage Initiative: Unveiling an Online Tool
Friday, November 15, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
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ISSLP Interview Day
Sunday, November 17, 2019 (All day)

December 2019

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Deadline: Romero Days 2020 Paper Proposal
Sunday, December 1, 2019 - 11:45pm
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Dialogue and Listening toward Community Building
Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm