Montclair State’s commitment to engage civically and professionally beyond the campus is central to its mission as a public institution of higher education and is, therefore, supported by numerous curricular and co-curricular units. One of the principal organizations on campus responsible for community engagement is the Service-Learning and Community Engagement (SLCE) program. For over fifteen years the SLCE program has partnered with non-profit and faith-based organizations, local schools, governmental agencies, and civic associations to address real issues of public concerns.
Housed in Montclair State University’s Division of Academic Affairs, under the auspices of the Associate Provost, the SLCE program works to maximize the university’s potential as a community-engaged campus—a site for applied teaching, learning, and scholarship among collaborative partners toward mutual empowerment. Through capacity-building efforts of students, community partners, faculty, and staff, the SLCE program serves as a central hub connecting the campus to the local communities and the region.
Today, the SLCE program houses a wide array of programs and projects that foster community engagement and democratic practice. In these initiatives educators, students, and community partners forge new ways to teach and learn together, through experiential education modes such as service-learning and participatory action research; through curricular communities and programs such as the Emerging Leaders Learning Community and the Leadership Development through Civic Engagement minor; and through national service initiatives such as the Bonner Leader and EECO AmeriCorps programs.