About the Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships
In January 2015, President Cole formally announced the creation of the Center for Community Engagement (CCE). Over the past six years, the Center has taken its first steps toward building a campus-wide Center that serves as a central hub connecting the campus to local communities and works to maximize the University’s status as a Community-Engaged Campus recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
Montclair State’s commitment to engage beyond the campus is central to its mission as a public institution of higher education and is supported by numerous curricular and co-curricular units across campus. The OCEP, however, is the only unit on campus specifically tasked with engaging the University’s rich academic, artistic and cultural resources in partnership within the community. Each year the Office engages over 1,000 students in partnership with 200+ community partners to seek solutions to real issues of public concern.
Community-engaged learning pedagogies such as service-learning and community-based research have been one of the primary means through which the Office connects the campus to the community and where faculty and students put their learning and research into practice. Community-engaged learning not only provides students an opportunity to connect course content to real-world issues, but it also offers an invaluable window into the roles and responsibilities of citizenship in a democratic society–a core value of any liberal education.
Community Engagement refers to the process of which individuals and organizations who collaborate within a community to establish a positive working relationship for the purpose of building and bettering the community as a whole. The Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships plays an important role in managing both organizations who are in need and individuals who want to serve in our community.
We invite you to learn more about the Office (see below) and to get involved!
Opportunities for Faculty
We invite faculty to join the Office and its team to work together to fulfill our vision of an engaged university; one where learning and research are transformed and grounded in human caring and experience while contributing to the growth of healthy and vibrant communities.
Opportunities for Students
The OCEP provides many opportunities for students to get involved with local communities. From the Bonner Leader Program and National Days of Service to AmeriCorps and the Community Engaged Learning program, we invite students to join the OCEP to get engaged, give back, and make a difference in their lives and the lives of others.
Opportunities for Campus and Community Partners
The Office is committed to developing sustained, reciprocal, and mutually beneficial campus/community partnerships characterized by closeness, equity, and integrity. As a central hub connecting the campus to the community, the Office seeks to join with community and faith-based organizations, local schools, civic associations, and social action networks to form collaborative efforts to address issues of public concern.
News and Events
- Over 100 Bonners Gather for 2023 Bonner Congress in Black Mountain, NCNovember 14, 2023Thursday November 16, 2023
- Bringing It #113: Relationships to Partnerships: Anchor Institutions and Montclair State UniversityNovember 02, 2023Monday November 13, 2023
- Spirit of 9/11 Unites Campus for Day of Service, RemembranceMonday September 11, 2023
Associate Vice President of Community Partnerships
Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships
Office Location: Susan A. Cole Hall 348E