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Center for Civic Engagement

The Center for Civic Engagement educates students to be socially concious, skilled, and committed to a just, diverse and democratic community. The Center offers a wide range of community service programs, which provide students the opportunity to be civically engaged, explore the root causes of social issues, foster reciprocal relationships with community members, and gain cultural competence.

Through direct service, education, and reflection, students will realize and understand the importance of civic responsibility, explore ways in which they can impact their local, national and global communities, and become active citizens.

Upcoming Events

  • CARE Meetings

    Meetings are held every Monday at 7:00pm in CC4.

  • Alternative Fall Break

    Applications are due September 22nd.

  • Alternative Spring Break Reveal Party

    Join us on Thursday, September 28th at 12:30pm in Senate Chambers to learn about this year's Alternative Spring Break Trips.

  • Make A Difference Weekend

    October 11th - October 15th. Sponsored by CARE.

About Us

History

Western New England University has a long history of engaging students, faculty, and staff in the Springfield community and beyond. Prior to 2001, service activities were organized by various offices and departments across campus. As more programs began to develop, there was a need for organized support to help guide this process. In 2001 a proposal was submitted to Massachusetts Campus Compact to receive an AmeriCorps *VISTA member to help grow service and engagement programs on campus. As a result of the expansion of such great programs and the creation of new community partnerships, the Volunteer Connection Center (VCC) was created. On July 1, 2011 the Volunteer Connection Center became the Center for Civic Engagement.

Why Civic Engagement?

Civic Engagement is a term used to describe activities which promote the bridging of communities with socially concious thought and action. In the Center we work to build the awareness of students on issues impacting the community, as well as faciliate the opportunities for students to actively participate in activities of community organizations.

Our Staff

Shannon O'Rourke
Graduate Assistant
Center for Civic Engagement
shannon.orourke@wne.edu 
413-782-1447

GOT YOUR LBC?

Come speak with staff in the Center for Civic Engagement to help you set up a civic-oriented LBC experience. The sooner you stop by to see us, the better chance we have of working with you to set up an enriching experience in the community. Our office is in the St. Germain Campus Center RM 233.