What is Community Engagement?
Community Engagement gives students the opportunity to gain valuable experience, explore career directions, develop global citizenship skills, give back to the community, and apply and explore personal and academic interests. Internships, service-learning courses, practica, and community service are all essential parts of the USM experience.
Community Engagement at USM is a pedagogical approach that integrates academic learning with meaningful experience or work in the community. It is an experiential focus on learning that must be embedded in the curriculum. Students in community engagement bring theories, knowledge, and practices developed through academic reading, writing, and analysis to specific topics-related study and work in community sites. Community Engagement advances USM’s mission to foster in students “a spirit of critical inquiry and civic participation.” We believe community engagement is a critical element of USM’s commitment to the Maine community.
What has the Office of Community Engagement and Career Development been up to?
In the 2013-2014 academic year, USM students participating in service-learning courses, internships, co-curricular service-learning and community service have contributed 214,385 hours in the community for an economic impact of $4,309,193! Please click here to read our latest in-depth report on the hard work in the community done by the office of Community Engagement and Career Development and our excellent students at USM.