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About Community Engagement at the University of Minnesota, Crookston

The University of Minnesota Crookston has a history of community engagement that began long before the office by that name was established. Faculty realized early on that many of the courses taught at UMC were best taught beyond the doors of the classrooms. In 1996, the Office of Service-Learning was established and housed under Student Activities. In addition to coordinating the service-learning program, this office also coordinated community service projects and America Reads. In 2011 we changed our name to the Office of Community Engagement to better describe our goals and more accurately define our activities. We work directly with local agencies, organizations, and individuals to address community needs. We also work across departments to access the classes, clubs, and individuals to help get the projects completed. Our goal is to support faculty, students, and the community in mutually beneficial partnerships that provide meaningful service. Through these experiences, we hope students become more self-aware, discover what they are truly passionate about, and feel a sense of civic responsibility. In the process, we hope that coursework makes a little more sense and their service allows them to pose a few more questions. Currently, students complete approximately 20,000 hours of service annually through service-learning and community service projects related primarily to educating youth, and addressing the needs of the elderly, the environment, and those facing poverty.

Mission Statement
The mission of the Office of Community Engagement is to serve as a resource for faculty for the integration of service-learning, support students in their development as engaged citizens and scholars, and foster mutually beneficial campus-community partnerships to address community needs.


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Small but mighty crew at the Polk County Museum on Saturday!
Small but mighty crew at the Polk County Museum on Saturday!

If you are a member of a club that still needs to get in a community service pro...
If you are a member of a club that still needs to get in a community service project, or if you are not in a club and just want to volunteer, Crookston Youth Service Day is this upcoming Saturday. Meet at Crookston City Hall, 124 N. Broadway for a light breakfast. Then we have a choice of projects: downtown flower planter cleanup, assisting with a couple projects at the Carnegie Library, and finally packing boxes at North Country Food Bank. Sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board outside my office, 240 Sargeant Student Center OR just let me know you're coming and I'll sign you up!


Community Service News Feed

U of M Crookston Named to 2014 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
For students working together across campus and across the community adds meaning to classroom studies and life. Service by students at the University of Minnesota Crookston was recognized recently when the campus was named to the 2014 President's Higher Education...

U of M Crookston, University of North Dakota, and Northland Community and Technical College to Co-sponsor Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration on Monday, January 19, 2015
Activities begin at 10:30 a.m. with a Unity Walk followed by a program and recognition.An area-wide Martin Luther King, Jr., celebration will take place in Crookston, Minn., on Monday, January 19, 2015, and is the result of collaboration between the...

Student Awards Celebration held on Thursday, April 24, 2014, at the U of M Crookston
The annual Student Awards Program, a celebration of student service, leadership, and academic and athletic achievement, was held recently at the University of Minnesota Crookston.To view or download photos, visit the photo gallery. ward recipients include the following students:CSA Student Senators and...

IRS Certified Free Tax Service Available at U of M Crookston
Students in the University of Minnesota Crookston Accounting and Finance Society are ready to help with tax preparation. The VITA/TCE site will operate from Monday, February 24 through Monday, April 14, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from noon to 4...