The Center for Community Engagement supports four primary areas of focus, including: social change model of leadership development programs, a comprehensive volunteer center, community-engaged faculty and staff development programs, and place-based community-engaged intersession institutes.
Our Vision, Mission, and Goals
The Center for Community Engagement is the University of Mississippi’s dedicated unit focused on elevating, celebrating, and sustaining excellence in community engagement across all Colleges, units, and departments. We carry out this work using a highly collaborative work ethic that emphasizes co-creation and collaboration in project development and delivery. Our focus areas include:
- Managing a comprehensive, University-wide volunteer center;
- Developing, running, and assessing a variety of student facing programs, including a Community Engaged Leadership Minor Program and a Bonner Leaders Program;
- Supporting faculty and staff in their efforts to include communities beyond the campus in their programming, teaching, or research;
- Developing strategic partnerships to host place-based institutes that advance community-engaged research, learning, service, and civic leadership.
Our work relies on building and sustaining long term, mutually beneficial partnerships with community-based organizations in the Lafayette-Oxford-University (LOU) community.