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What do we do?

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We strive to provide opportunities to advance knowledge of civic engagement in higher education. Through academic grants, professional development, promotion of national publications and community based research we provide avenues for faculty, staff, students and the community to enhance higher learning.

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Development of meaningful and diverse community involvement is a focus of the CCE. Students, faculty and staff are given a range of experiences in order to match learning outcomes and interest.

From curricular learning (service learning) to co-curricular activities (volunteerism) the staff at the CCE provides support and guidance that will maximize the civic experience.

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Through professional development and targeted guidance, we assist the community in their roles as essential co-educators. Through this program we assess community need and support the partners in integrating volunteer needs into academic learning experiences. The CCE recognizes both on campus and off campus community partnerships.

Focusing on service-related scholarship, engagement, and community development-- the Center for Community Engagement is here to help from start to finish.

The WVU Center for Community Engagement (CCE) aims to leverage university knowledge and resources to support effective partnerships with communities that enhance discovery through community-engaged teaching, scholarship, and action. The Center focuses on supporting faculty, staff, and students in working with external partners on meeting reciprocal and mutually beneficial needs and advancing WVU’s land grant mission.

Students, staff, and faculty will be involved in multifaceted activities and experiences that enhance learning through service. A stronger infrastructure for engagement will support teaching principles of democracy, compassion, and cultural diversity. WVU will have a campus culture of service, supporting sustainable partnerships with local, regional, and statewide communities that help students realize their strengths, become engaged across campus and pursue lifelong learning..

Civic Engagement is a diverse experience committed to providing WVU students the opportunity and guidance in becoming civically engaged citizens, scholars, and leaders through interdisciplinary events. Including but not limited to service learning, research, volunteerism and partnerships.

Civic Engagement is a diverse experience which provides WVU students the opportunity and guidance to become civically engaged citizens, scholars, and leaders through interdisciplinary events. Including but not limited to academic service-learning, research, volunteerism and partnerships.

WVU, with its statewide institutional presence, resides on land that includes ancestral territories of the Shawnee, Lenape (Delaware), Haudenosaunee (Seneca, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida, Mohawk, Tuscarora), Cherokee, and many other Indigenous peoples. 

In acknowledging this, we recognize and appreciate those Indigenous nations whose territories we are living on and working in. Indigenous peoples have been in the land currently known as West Virginia since time immemorial. It is important that we understand both the context that has brought our university community to reside on this land, and our place within this long history. 

We also recognize that colonialism is a current ongoing process, and as scholars seeking truth and understanding, we need to be mindful of our present participation in this process.

(developed in Fall 2019 with input from NAS Committee members, after consultation with tribes, to be read at NAS public events and included in NAS syllabi, and shared with others, including WVU Humanities Center, Morgantown Human Rights Commission, et al.)