Civic Action Plan

President Roth signed onto to Campus Compact's Civic Action Plan (full pledge below) and throughout the spring semester there will be conversations on campus and in the community to create an actionable plan to realize our goals.

The best way to follow the process is over at our ENGAGE blog, where Cathy Lechowicz, director of the Jewett Center for Community Partnerships, will blog throughout the process.

Here are our steering committee members; campus and community meeting schedule; and if you have anything you want to share, please take a moment to fill out our feedback form.

Civic Action Pledge

To advance the public purposes of higher education, we affirm the following statements, which characterize our current commitments and name the ideals toward which we will work with renewed dedication, focus, and vigor.

We empower our students, faculty, staff, and community partners to co-create mutually respectful partnerships in pursuit of a just, equitable, and sustainable future for communities beyond the campus—nearby and around the world.

We prepare our students for lives of engaged citizenship, with the motivation and capacity to deliberate, act, and lead in pursuit of the public good.

We embrace our responsibilities as place based institutions, contributing to the health and strength of our communities—economically, socially, environmentally, educationally, and politically.

We harness the capacity of our institutions—through research, teaching, partnerships, and institutional practice—to challenge the prevailing social and economic inequalities that threaten our democratic future.

We foster an environment that consistently affirms the centrality of the public purposes of higher education by setting high expectations for members of the campus community to contribute to their achievement.