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Community Engagement Center, Operating Remotely from 9:00AM-5:00PM, To contact us, please email communityservice@ucmerced.edu or call us at (209) 355-6824.
Community Engagement Center
Creating partnerships to ethically and effectively promote positive change in our community
UC Merced Community Engagement Center Community Service During COVID-19 Info Session for Clubs & Orgs Thursday, Oct 22, 3-4PM | Come learn about the remote service opportunities available to you and your club & org members!
Virtual Service Talks: Clubs and Orgs
CALLING ALL E-BOARD MEMBERS! Having trouble finding community service opportunities for your club/org members? Join us to learn about community service opportunities by registering here! 
A series connecting you with your community: Candidate Conversations
Candidates and Conversations
Join us this month and next to hear from the candidates running to represent our community of Merced.
UC Merced Community Engagement Center: Community Engagement and COVID-19 Forum | Wednesday, September 30th | 2-3PM | Meeting ID: 861 7977 7883
Virtual Service Talks: All Students
Are you feeling disengaged this semester? Come learn about the community engagement opportunities available to you! 
University of California, Merced: Community Engagement Center - Lift While You Lead; Fridays 10AM to 12PM; Register Here! (Click)
Lift While You Lead
A high impact program that allows UC Merced students to mentor high school students through important conversations about issues that affect marginalized communities.

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Our Purpose and Mission

Community engagement is core to the purpose of higher education and essential to the student experience, teaching, and empowering students to become active and responsible civic participants, and central to the theme of UC Merced's Principles of Community.

The Community Engagement Center brings together UC Merced students, staff, faculty, and Merced community members, agencies, and organizations to create and develop reciprocal partnerships that generate student learning, build capacity, and solve problems through service, scholarship, and leadership. These actions contribute to building a healthy and sustainable community (local to global) and creating positive change. 

Community Engagement Center Goals

  • Facilitate equitable, effective, and reciprocal partnerships and opportunities for students, faculty, and community partners in educational and co-curricular service and research experiences.
  • Provide opportunities to, and facilitate connections between, campus and community entities.
  • Support positive community engagement outcomes through educational workshops, trainings, and program implementation.

 

Community Engagement Center Student Learning Outcomes

  • Civic Responsibility:  Capacity to express an understanding of issues within the community and the responsibility to participate in democratic processes to work toward positive changes.
  • Consciousness of Self: Ability to identify individual values and interests, to gain the confidence to act consistently with values, and to respect and appreciate the perspectives, values, and life situations of others. 
  • Academic Success: Ability to apply academic concepts to community issues and concepts of community issues to academic learning, alongside the development of professional skills. 

The Community Engagement Center embraces the following definition of Community/Civic Engagement:

"Working to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values, and motivation to make that difference. It means promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes.”

Thomas Ehrlich Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching