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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.

Mission

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.

Vision

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

Values

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.

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Definitions

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 University of Richmond's strategy of intentional engagement led to a community engagement classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching — one of only 16 top national, liberal arts colleges selected. This elective classification is an evidence-based documentation of University practices and requires a substantial commitment from the entire institution.

The Carnegie Foundation: Elective Community Engagement Classification

Annual Reports

Read our most recent annual report for the year 2017-18.

Past annual reports

sustained relationships with community organizations
volunteers serving consistently in the greater Richmond community
people attended CCE-led events in 2015-16