Director: Bryan Murdock
In January 2015, then MSU President Susan A. 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 Center, 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 Center 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 Center 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.