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. 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 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

January 2020

2020 Social Concerns Fair
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Winter Career Fair 2020
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 4:00pm to 8:00pm
Leadership Formation Workshop: Organizing through the power of story
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

February 2020

Application Close: SSLP 2020
Saturday, February 1, 2020 (All day)
Color of Compromise: Why the History of the Church and Race Matters
Monday, February 3, 2020 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Application Close: Community-Impact Grants
Monday, February 10, 2020 - 4:30pm
Information Session: Catholic Social Tradition Minor
Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Junior Parents Weekend Open House
Friday, February 14, 2020 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

March 2020