About the Center

Our Mission

The mission of The Center for Community Engagement is to promote reciprocal community/curricular partnerships to enhance student learning and meet community needs. The Center also aims to strengthen the experiential understanding and commitment of our students to civic engagement.

Our Vision

Sam Houston State University is committed to being an exemplary model of an ENGAGED CAMPUS through strong collaborative partnerships with local, national, and global communities.

Our Definition

Sam Houston State University uses the Carnegie Foundation definition of community engagement:

Community engagement describes 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.

Read more about the Carnegie Foundation definition of community engagement.