Community Engagement Coordinating Council

COVID-19 Recommendations and Resources

For those managing community-engagement efforts during this time or looking to assist community partners, please follow safety and equity guidelines outlined on the University Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response page, and see updates and resources on the Center for Social Concerns COVID-19 Response

Best practices for community-based learning and engagement during this time are outlined here.

This site offers information regarding the status of local community agencies and their current needs. 

New Course for Fall 2020

Moral Learning and Racial Justice in the Time of Coronavirus  (CSC 33941/Psych) — 1 credit/SU — Dr. Jay Brandenberger, PhD

For more info, see ND Class Search, or this site

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

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.

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 extensive data from across the Colleges and other University units, submitting a 108-page application in April 2019.

In January of 2020, the University was awarded the 2020 Classification. Carnegie's announcement emphasized that the engaged institutions "bring scholarship, knowledge, and expertise to bear to address real challenges in our communal lives" and foster public purpose in higher education.

The University press release announcing the Classification noted that such was "possible only through the goodwill and commitment of a network of community partners near and far.”

Notre Dame was one of 119 universities and colleges (across 37 states) that received the 2020 Classification, and one of 28 doctoral universities with very high research activity to be recognized. The University is distinguished as one of three universities among the US News and World Report listing (2020) of top 25 national universities to receive the 2020 Classification (five others hold the still active 2015 Classification).

Over the next year, the CECC will be working with colleagues across campus and community partners to learn from the extensive self-study, and identify future institutional priorities for engagement. Toward that end, we have developed an Executive Summary of the Notre Dame application. The summary outlines responses to key questions asked by Carnegie, links to further data, and provides a set of recommendations. We encourage departments and units to use the summary to enhance future discussion and planning. 

Executive Summary of Notre Dame Application to the Carnegie Foundation

Knowledge for Social Change — Ira Harkavy Consultation

The Council sponsored a three-day campus visit (September 18-20, 2019) of Ira Harkavy, Ph.D., of the University of Pennsylvania. 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 included the Center for Social Concerns, Office of Public Affairs, the Center for Civic Innovation, and the Office of the Provost. A podcast with Harkavey is available here

Political Education — Nancy Thomas Visit

The CECC sponsored a visit by Nancy Thomas, Ph.D., of Tufts University to consult on political education and student civic engagement. Thomas directs the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education (IDHE) at Tufts University’s Tisch College of Civic Life. The Institute's signature initiative, the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE), enables nearly 1,200 U.S. colleges and universities to obtain tailored reports of their students’ aggregate voting rates following each federal election. Thomas met with campus leaders, helped examine Notre Dame voting trends, and consulted on civic education opportunities. 

Spring 2020 — Meeting with new South Bend Mayor, James Mueller, to discuss collaboration between Notre Dame and City of South Bend
 

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Upcoming Events

December 2020

04
Application Close | Winter Virtual Service Corps
Friday, December 4, 2020 (All day)
05
Postgraduate Service Info Session | Farm of the Child (VIRTUAL)
Saturday, December 5, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

February 2021

09
Social Concerns Fair
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

April 2021