When we launched our twice annual e-newsletter we received many kind and supportive calls and emails — and many requests for more news. That’s why we launched this blog.
It seems only fitting for our first post to explore the meaning of our name — the SSU Center for Community Engagement. What is “community engagement,” anyway?
Community Engagement describes the collaboration between higher education institutions and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange and production of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity. Examples of community engagement activities include, but are not limited to:
Less technically, usually we’re talking about anything university employees, departments, and students do with or for (but not on) community and all the ways community partners assist the University with addressing our mission.
 Slightly adapted from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning definition (http://classifications.carnegiefoundation.org/descriptions/community_engagement.php?key=1213) and the CSU Chancellor’s Office definition (http://www.calstate.edu/cce/about_us/vision.shtml).