About Community Engagement
Community Engagement also advises the Service Cluster Board (SCB), a group of like-minded student organizations working on hunger and homelessness, mentoring, literacy, migrant farmworker outreach, and other critical issues related to poverty and social justice. Member organizations include: Community Friends, Xiao Pengyou, For the Kids, DREAM Mentoring, Volunteer Services Organization, Page One Literacy Project, Habitat for Humanity, Middlebury Alternative Break Trips (MAlt), Middlebury College Access Mentors (MiddCAM), Relay for Life, Friends of John Graham Emergency Shelter, The Community at Charter House, Juntos Migrant Outreach, and Sister to Sister.
Defining Community Engagement:
Middlebury Community Engagement has adopted The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Elective Community Engagement Classification definition of Community Engagement as follows:
Community engagement describes the collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.
The purpose of community engagement is the partnership of college and university knowledge and resources with those of the public and private sectors to enrich scholarship, research, and creative activity; enhance curriculum, teaching and learning; prepare educated, engaged citizens; strengthen democratic values and civic responsibility; address critical societal issues; and contribute to the public good.