In his recent Strategic Vision for the University of Mary Washington, President Troy Paino highlighted our value of service, community and civic engagement, drawn from our long history as a public liberal arts and sciences institution. President Paino argued passionately about the institution’s ability to “provide an increasingly diverse population with the opportunity to improve their lives, their communities, and the world around them” and to equip students to “address society’s demands, to challenge injustices, and to embrace the world’s possibilities.” Similarly, the 2020 Strategic Plan emphasized our strong ethic of public service and supports the development of more service learning courses.
A Community Engagement task force, consisting of faculty and staff from the entire university, has spent a year planning a way for UMW to enhance our already strong connection between service courses and the community. This has been partially motivated by a SCHEV directive to evaluate civic engagement on Virginia campuses, but also motivated by our strong desire to highlight and enhance the excellent work we already do.
What distinguishes Community Engagement from other courses or types of service? [to be added]
Resources for Developing a Community Engagement Course [to be added]
Are you a community organization requesting help? Use this form. [to be added]
Are you a UMW Professor seeking a project? Use this form. [to be added]