Our Programs

What is CCE?

CCE promotes community service and service-learning on The University of Southern Mississippi campus and throughout the Hattiesburg community through partnerships with faculty, students and community agencies. Each year, the office documents more than 100,000 hours of community service by Southern Miss students.

Mission Statement:

The Center for Community Engagement at the University of Southern Mississippi coordinates meaningful and mutually beneficial community engagement experiences to address university and community needs, effect positive social change, and cultivate active citizen leaders. 

CCE’s Programs

Community Service: 

The center works with over 100 community partners, all with unique missions dedicated to the same goal: meeting the critical needs of our community and citizens. Students can register for community service opportunities through the CCE office, working with programs such as: Habitat for Humanity, Salvation Army, and Boys and Girls Club.  


Service-learning is a method of experiential education in which students learn through active participation in and reflection on thoughtfully organized community service experiences integrated into an academic course. Every spring CCE offers a Faculty Fellows Seminar for interested faculty introducing them to the theory and practice of service-learning.

Alternative Break Trips

The CCE Office offers students an alternative to the traditional fall and spring breaks by offering trips in which students travel outside of Hattiesburg to perform community service. 

AmeriCorps Campus Link

Campus Link oversees 80 AmeriCorps members who serve at community partner agencies as mentors for students grade 4-8. The AmeriCorps members receive an education award at the end of their service. 

REACH (Reinvesting Eagles Around the Community of Hattiesburg)

Through the REACH program, USM students eligible for federal financial aid are placed at community sites and schools as part of their “on-campus” job.