Founded in 2008, the Robert and Jeanne Leduc Center for Civic Engagement is tasked by UMass Dartmouth with the mission of integrating intellectual talents and pursuits with the needs of the community.
To enrich the lives of our faculty, students, staff, and community through engaged learning, active citizenship, meaningful community service, scholarship, and mutually-beneficial partnerships.
Our Strategic Direction
By the year 2025, the Leduc Center, in conjunction with our internal and external partners, will have positively impacted the regional challenges of low educational attainment and economic development by empowering, engaging, and effecting change individually and collectively. In the short term, we will impact early literacy and college awareness rates.
- To enhance student learning through civic engagement, meaningful community service, and service-learning.
- To foster engaged scholarship with students, faculty, and the community.
- To develop and sustain partnerships and programs to positively impact community life, early literacy rates, and college awareness.
- To secure funding to support our mission.
- Increase the number of students exposed to service-learning each academic year
- Increase the number of community service hours performed by UMass Dartmouth students each academic year
- Measure student experience with service-learning and civic engagement; show improvement on these results each year
- Establish and maintain an annual Engaged Scholarship Symposium
- Encourage faculty and student submissions to engaged scholarship conferences (ex. CUMU) and scholarly journals
- Establish baseline early literacy numbers; improve on these numbers each year
- Develop an assessment plan for college awareness and access
- Increase participation in SouthCoast Serves by 10% annually with a focus on collective impact (building social capital and improving literacy and college awareness rates)
- Expand reading and college awareness programs for greater impact
- Submit 6-8 major grant/gift requests per year
- Average $250,000 in grants and/or gifts per year
Our plan is intentional and focused on empowering students to create change within themselves and our community (locally and globally). The empowering mechanism is the civically-engaged education experience which exposes students to real-life challenges that reside in our local, global, and research communities. These experiences, coupled with reflection, serve as the catalyst to transformative change.
Our short-term goals focus on community building, early literacy, and college awareness as a means to educational attainment and economic development.
Strong partnerships dedicated to collective impact are essential to our work.