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The Bonner Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) grew out of the University's long, rich history of community involvement. We are now a thriving center committed to supporting student engagement, faculty engagement, and community relationships.


The Bonner Center for Civic Engagement prepares students for lives of purpose and connects student, faculty, staff, and community stakeholders in social change efforts that value the knowledge and potential in our communities.


The University of Richmond will be a vital partner to a thriving Richmond region, catalyzing lifelong learning and civic engagement.


We value COLLABORATION as a process of co-creation that enhances the communities of which we are a part.

We value LIFELONG LEARNING that is enriched by reflection and grounded in context.

We value FULL PARTICIPATION as an inclusive approach that seeks out and considers diverse perspectives, recognizes participants as whole people, and invites individuals to contribute meaningfully.

We value INTENTIONALITY as a commitment to making strategic and sustainable choices.


Definitions of community engagement and outreach guide us at the University of Richmond.

The CCE recently circulated draft definitions of community-engaged faculty work. CCE staff have also prepared a memo summarizing recent literature on the links between community-engaged teaching and scholarship and a thriving and inclusive community.

Carnegie Classification

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching awarded the University of Richmond the 2020 Carnegie Community Engagement Classification. The Carnegie Community Engagement Classification is the Foundation’s only elective classification, meaning that it requires a voluntary application process by institutions.

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Annual Reports

Read our most recent Annual Report for the 2019-20 year.

Past Annual Reports