At the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, academics is considered an integral part of civic engagement. From faculty to students, we strive to provide the entire campus community the opportunity to engage with the surrounding community in a manner that develops leadership skills. We believe that, as quoted from Service Matters: A Sourcebook for Community Service in Higher Education (Campus Compact, 1996),
“higher education has a responsibility to develop the next generation of active citizens, and campuses must be good citizens in their own communities. When a campus achieves both these aims they are what we call a truly ‘engaged campus’.”
To aid in this endeavor, the University employs the service-learning pedagogy and offers a minor in Leadership and Civic Engagement to connect learning and service—components we believe are essential to developing an active citizenry.