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Center for Community Engagement

About the Center

Mission

The Center for Community Engagement (CCE) coordinates meaningful and mutually beneficial community engagement experiences to address university and community needs, effect positive social change, and cultivate active citizen leaders.

Students who participate in CCE opportunities:

  • Become immersed in other cultures to expand their understanding of an ever-changing world,
  • Learn about the challenges that different communities face and identify ways to be part of the solution, and 
  • Build relationships with community partners and the people they served

CCE’s Programs

Community Service

The CCE promotes volunteer opportunities in the Pine Belt area through individualized service consultations with students, faculty, or staff, in addition to distributing a bi-monthly newsletter, and maintaining an up-to-date list of volunteer opportunities on social media. CCE helps coordinate three signature events throughout the year: USM Volunteer Fair, Sweet Potato Drop, and The Big Event.  

Service-Learning

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.

Contact Us

Center for Community Engagement
104 The Hub
118 College Dr. #5211

Hattiesburg Campus

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Email
ccceFREEMississippi

Phone
601.266.5074