The UMass Dartmouth Leduc Center for Civic Engagement, in conjunction with its SouthCoast Serves collaborative, will offer a three-day Youth Civic Leadership Institute on January 16-18. The Institute will include a visit to the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate in Boston and participation in Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service events in New Bedford and Fall River.
The goal of the Institute is to engage high school students from across the SouthCoast in service learning and civic programming. It is designed to not only inspire students to be agents of change in their communities, but also give them the tools, resources and training to implement service projects that make a difference. This August, more than 40 students took part in a series of community service activities as part of the inaugural Civic Leadership Institute.
UMass Dartmouth has earned its highest ranking to-date in Washington Monthly magazine’s annual College Guide. The University ranked #24 on the list of best master’s institutions in the United States. Washington Monthly rates schools based on their “contribution to the public good.” The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching selected UMass Dartmouth to receive the 2015 Community Engagement Classification, recognizing the University's commitment to serving the SouthCoast and the Commonwealth. Last December UMass Dartmouth was ranked among the national Top 20 in community service. This nationwide designation is part of the 2014 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, and recognizes UMass Dartmouth and its students for their commitment to service learning and volunteer service.
In the past year, UMass Dartmouth students have contributed more than 200,000 hours of community service at a value of $5.4 million to the community. More than 100 UMass Dartmouth faculty members taught more than 200 service-learning classes this past academic year that exposed close to 5,000 students to service-learning, taking part in projects that benefit our community. Since 2010, UMass Dartmouth’s School of Law alone has contributed more than 50,000 hours of service to the community through pro bono legal assistance and other forms of service.