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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

  • Community Engagement Fair

    Stop by the Community Engagement Fair on Tuesday, September 5th from 10:00am-2:00pm in Rivers. Learn how you can get involved in the Springfield community!

  • CARE Meeting

    Join us for our first CARE meeting on Monday, September 11th at 7:00pm in CC4.

  • Make A Difference Weekend

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

About Us


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

Emma Seils

Emma Seils
Assistant Director
Center for Civic Engagement
413-782-1546 (fax)
Campus Center 233
Patty Palmer
Patty Palmer
Center for Civic Engagement
413-782-1546 (fax)


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.