Education and Civic Responsibility
"We pursue our mission with both compassion and resolve because the people we serve demand
nothing less from us."
- India Clark, Wheelock Class of 2012
Lucy Wheelock's foundational commitment to civic responsibility and the greater good is an abiding part of what Wheelock is about, and it is everywhere—in our curriculum, in our community partnerships that reach beyond our campus, in our faculty members' pursuit of public scholarship, and in our students' exuberance for volunteer causes and service learning in Boston and around the world.
The new partnerships Wheelock is building with others who share our values are increasing the ways we benefit children and families while educating our students. Two examples: While we are enhancing the College's academic curriculum to suit new understandings of children's cognitive, social, and emotional development, we are also establishing a Connected Beginnings Training Institute with United Way of Massachusetts that focuses on early childhood mental health and a Together for Quality Initiative to improve early childhood and out-of-school-time programs throughout the state.
The fieldwork our students are required to perform in Boston-area communities is in itself civic engagement. Beyond this, the volunteer organizations they develop and the service they contribute are of a magnitude that has placed Wheelock on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service to America's communities—the highest federal recognition a school can receive for its commitment to service learning and civic engagement.
Wheelock faculty are noted for initiating projects of public value—for pursuing scholarship that relates to pressing societal problems, and offering their expertise to local, state, and federal programs and organizations that exist to improve society.
Wheelock's continuing ability to renew our founding purpose in fostering public responsibility is one of the College's greatest strengths. We will do more in the decades ahead.