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.

  • A group of CCE Advisory Board members at a meeting.
    CCE Advisory Board Meeting
    Members of the Center for Community Engagement's Advisory Board gather to discuss how university and community can better connect.
  • Representative John Lewis signing his book for a Huntsville elementary school student.
    Representative John Lewis Visits SHSU
    Representative and civil rights activist John Lewis signs copies of his book during his visit to campus as part of the National Book Awards program.
  • Will Allen speaking with guests at the event.
    Will Allen Visits SHSU for the Common Reader Program
    Urban gardener and author Will Allen tours the Bearkat Community Gardens during his visit to campus for the Common Reader Program.