Serve. Learn. Lead.

CCE connects students to opportunities to enhance their education outside the classroom, while understanding community-identified needs and the contexts of social and structural determinants of health which impact the community.

How you can engage with the community:


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve.” Whether you are seeking greatness, seeking to gain new knowledge, develop new skills or make a difference by putting the knowledge and skills you have into action, the Center for Civic Engagement can help you find a service opportunity to meet your needs.

The Center offers on-going as well as short-term and one time opportunities to get involved, as well as various levels of involvement including Service Learning Scholars, Service Learning Leaders and Service Participants.  All service opportunities supported by the Center for Civic Engagement have been vetted to help ensure that your experience will be positive.


Whether you are part of the College of Graduate Studies, Health Professions, Medicine or Nursing, there are courses that either require or encourage participation in service activities.  The Center for Civic Engagement works closely with each college to provide opportunities that align with course competencies.  Additionally, each of our signature programs has a set of learning objectives.

We can help you identify the courses in your college that have a service component.


“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader” John Quincy Adams

Through your service, you have the opportunity to take on leadership roles and responsibilities both formally and informally.  Formal leadership can be accomplished by becoming a Service Learning Scholar or a Service Learning Leader.

Service Learning Scholars are enrolled in a course that has a service learning requirement and, thus, have the greatest level of responsibility and commitment. A reflection paper and end of course presentation are required in addition to attendance at monthly session.  Scholars are assigned to a signature program and are responsible for recruiting and coordinating volunteers for the program.

Service Learning Leaders are not receiving academic credit for their service, but like Service Learning Scholars, must attend monthly sessions. They are also assigned to a signature program and are responsible for recruiting and coordinating volunteers for the program.

Other opportunities for formal leadership may arise throughout the year during Center for Civic Engagement events and activities.

Informal leadership occurs when, because of your actions and behaviors, people trust you and follow your lead even though you hold no formal leadership position.  Informal leaders inspire and encourage, making a difference by showing up and doing what needs to be done.  All of our service participants have the opportunity to be informal leaders within our long term, short term or one time programs.