To connect education and action for the common good.
To connect education and action for the common good.
Classes, internships & the Leadership Minor provide real world experience and benefit our community.
Students with an extraordinary commitment to service.
Community Action Week offers 20 different ways to make a difference in our local community.
Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
Public Policy Forum at Drew tackles eviction crisis.
The Center for Civic Engagement serves Drew University and our communities as a resource, convener, and partner for those committed to the work of melding knowledge with action in order to improve our shared world. The Center supports teaching, research, scholarship, art, and other university-based activities that benefit communities. Working collaboratively with community organizations and other institutions, we develop sustainable partnerships that can help both Drew and its partners meet their goals.
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At Drew, there are many opportunities to understand and take action on the effect that diseases have on individuals, families and society—both close to home and globally.
Classes, Clubs, Special Programs, Community Partnerships and more.
If you share the conviction that education is vital to addressing social problems and want to help bring its benefits to others, get involved with Drew’s efforts to expand and strengthen educational opportunities.
The Center for Civic Engagement at Drew University was established in 2008 to infuse civic engagement as a value and practice throughout the university. The Center connects community-focused, experiential education across all of Drew’s Schools, while also strengthening student-led community engagement outside the classroom. We believe that well-informed civic participation and the active pursuit of a just and humane society are crucial to a strong democracy and the vibrant communities that make up its fabric. Further, we believe that higher education has a responsibility to educate not only productive workers, but also engaged and effective citizens. This responsibility is met at Drew through integrated and collaborative programs that connect the educational mission of the university with action for the public good.
Reciprocity: civic engagement builds on the work of many constituencies, both inside and beyond Drew’s campus. Successful engagement is reciprocal, attending to the goals of all participants through transparent and collaborative planning and implementation.
Respect: the time, priorities, and diverse missions of our partners and communities demand our respect, and we expect the same from our partners. Civic engagement cannot thrive without civility, decency, and trust.
Efficacy: true civic engagement creates and increases the power to act knowledgeably and effectively in the world
Impact: without demonstrable impact, civic engagement cannot succeed. We chose our projects and partners carefully in order to ensure true benefit to all participants in whatever we undertake
The Center for Civic Engagement supports teaching, research, scholarship, art, and other university-based activities that benefit communities. Working collaboratively with community organizations and other institutions, we develop sustainable partnerships that can help both Drew and its partners meet their goals. In keeping with this priority, the Center has developed some key partnerships with the potential to achieve significant gains in addressing community needs and building community assets.
New Jersey has joined 33 other states in forming a state affiliate of Campus Compact, a national organization dedicated to furthering the civic mission of higher education. The presidents and chancellors of 17 NJ colleges and universities have joined the new organization, New Jersey Campus Compact (NJCC), which seeks to have a demonstrable impact on pressing issues facing the state and its communities.
The NJ Campus Compact member institutions include Bergen Community College, Berkeley College, Brookdale Community College, Drew University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Georgian Court University, Monmouth University, Montclair State University, New Jersey City University, Princeton University, Ramapo College, Raritan Valley Community College, Richard Stockton College, Rutgers-Newark, Union County College, University of Medicine and Dentistry and William Paterson University.
Drew University is honored to be a member of Project Pericles, a consortium of 30 colleges and universities committed to incorporating civic engagement into their core educational mission. Project Pericles is a not-for-profit organization that encourages and facilitates commitments by colleges and universities to include education for social responsibility and participatory citizenship as an essential part of their educational programs, in the classroom, on the campus, and in the community.
This learning experience is intended to provide students with a foundation for social and civic involvement and a conviction that democratic institutions and processes offer each person the best opportunity to improve the condition of society.
Debating for Democracy (D4D) is a distinctive campus-based program that represents the mission of Project Pericles in action. On each campus, Periclean students research, develop, and advocate their opinions and positions on current public policy issues. The goal of the National Office of Project Pericles and the faculty and administrators who are working with the students at the Periclean campuses is to inspire and encourage all D4D participants to become successful and resourceful advocates in their community.
Drew’s motto is “Freely you have received; freely give.” This is evident in the awards and recognition Drew has received for its civic engagement work.
Drew University’s deep commitment to civic and community engagement has been recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, which listed Drew among 240 colleges and universities to receive its coveted Community Engagement Classification in 2015. The classification follows a rigorous process that involved a 60-page application listing not only the ways Drew students in all three colleges and faculty and staff engage with the outside world, but also the ways that the university has built bridges with the borough of Madison, non-profit organizations, and other communities.
In recognition of its substantive engagement in its community, Drew has been named four times to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Drew’s designation was based on several factors, including its community-based service learning, volunteer work and the impact Drew has on its community partners.
The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, launched in 2006, annually highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement by recognizing institutions that achieve meaningful, measurable outcomes in the communities they serve.
How can the arts combined with other disciplines strengthen, sustain and expand what we understand as the common good? That’s the question posed to Drew undergrads and faculty as part of a three-year, $625,000 grant Drew received from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in 2014. The grant supports deep thinkers in making creative and unexpected connections to further the common good. Each year the Mellon grant will bring an Artist-in-Residence to campus to teach, organize special events, and create work especially for Drew. Mini-grants for faculty and students aid exploration of “the arts and the common good” across the curriculum.
• Drew University hosted Pulitzer prize winning author Matthew Desmond and Senator Cory Booker for a public policy forum on the housing crisis
• Kelly Duddy, Civic Scholar, attended the Teach For America Student Leadership Conference
• Assistant Professor Emily Hill received grant from Project Pericles for developing the new innovation course
• Congratulations to the 2017 Civic Engagement Award Winners!
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