The Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement is always looking for new community partners whose organizational mission is consistent with East Carolina University and with whom ECU students and faculty can collaborate through service-learning and volunteerism. Current research has documented numerous benefits for organizations that partner with university-based experiential learning programs:
- Students meet specific needs of community organizations and help complete projects for community benefit
- University cooperation aids in a community’s efforts to address social issues and problems
- Involvement in the life of a university helps community partners receive needed publicity about their needs and services
- Participation in co-education of college students exposes and teaches communities about emerging generations of students and community leaders
- Involvement in experiential education programs helps community partners establish access and connections to other resources available at the university
- Engagement with students provides an opportunity for a community to shape students' values and to prepare students for civic participation and engagement after graduation.
Community engagement also benefits students in numerous ways, enhancing their academic learning and understanding of subject matter with "real world" experiences, deepening their sense of personal efficacy and identity, and cultivating important critical thinking, moral reasoning, and citizenship skills.
ESTABLISHING A PARTNERSHIP WITH ECU THROUGH THE CLCE
Agencies interested in collaborating with the CLCE as community partners should follow the following procedure:
- Contact a CLCE staff member and/or complete a New Registration Form in OrgSync.
- Once CLCE receives a New Registration Form, a CLCE staff member will schedule an initial consultation meeting in which we will provide more details about partnering with CLCE, discuss the Community Partner's goals and expectations, and review and complete a community partnership agreement.
- Upon completion of the initial consultation meeting and community partnership agreement, the Community Partner will be approved in OrgSync and will be sent helpful information about CLCE, using OrgSync, and upcoming trainings and opportunities.