Community Service and Civic Engagement Advisory

Inspired by its mission, to improve the lives of children and families, Wheelock College engages in scholarship and service that enhances the vitality of families, communities and societies.

Through active engagement and collaboration, Wheelock discovers capacity building techniques for achieving the collective objectives of communities and stakeholders. In recognizing this commitment to service, Wheelock is guided by three principles:

  1. The institutional mission: to improve the lives of children and families.
  2. The application of scholarship towards identifying areas of opportunity and collaboratively designing capacity building efforts.
  3. The integration of hands-on experience into academic programs with measurable benefits to students and communities.

Guided by these principles, Wheelock College's definition of Service and Civic Engagement demonstrates its dedication to realizing transformative change and rousing dynamic leadership in all members of local, national and international communities.

Institutional Definition: Service and Civic Engagement

  • Service and academic learning that are inspired through a committed relationship and collaborative dialogue between communities and the college. 
  • A belief in sharing goals and joint problem-solving in order to arrive at mutually beneficial outcomes for the enhancement of learning experiences. 
  • All efforts are focused on improving the lives of children and families in local, national and international communities.

Purpose of The Center

Housed under the Department of External Affairs and Community Impact (formerly The OGEA&SP) the Center acts as a central hub to coordinate dialogue and support events related to community service and civic engagement connected to Wheelock's values and mission. The Center connects with both internal and external partners, supports communications around service and manages data, documentation and measuring impact. 

Advisory Committee Role

The Advisory, comprising members representing all parts of the institution will support the work of the Center, cultivates ideas, provides guidance and ensures campus-wide engagement and visibility of service and civic engagement efforts that adhere to the institutional definition.

Member Responsibilities

Members of the Advisory agree to: 

  • Attend at least two meetings out of four per academic year
  • Act as an ambassador within the institution and specifically within their departments/offices, with colleagues and external connections about the work of the Center for Service and Civic Engagement.
  • Offer suggestions and feedback as needed to move the work of the Center. 
  • Attend service and civic engagement related events and encourage engagement around the institution.
  • Commit to at least one year of active membership.

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