Community Engagement Coordinating Council

About the Community Engagement Coordinating Council

A top-tier goal of the University’s recently released 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:

The University is among 30 institutions in The Research University Community Engagement Network.

Recently, the Office of the Provost created a part-time position, director of Academic Community Engagement.

In the last several years, additional leadership positions have been created—in the Office of Public Affairs and the College of Engineering, for example—to further support and coordinate community engagement.

Toward this end, an active Community Engagement Coordinating Council provides for University-wide coordination of engagement efforts.                             

Resource commitments to a community service-orientation abound, but a few top-level examples are shared here. 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.


 

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