The Institute for Civic Engagement, established in 2004, seeks to build on that commitment and to promote a clearly defined and understood sense of civic responsibility and engagement within the academic community.
Under the leadership of the president and the vice president for academic affairs, the Institute for Civic Engagement designs and implements ways in which students, faculty and staff may become more aware of their relationship to the larger society and the responsibilities of citizenship and to live accordingly.
At every major academic ceremony, St. Joseph's College graphically expresses its ongoing and collective commitment to intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility, service and integrity through a display of striking, boldly colored banners. Consistent with that practice, the Institute for Civic Engagement's goal is to transform the culture of the institution so as to demonstrate more visibly the College's expressed commitment and to integrate that commitment fully into campus life.
We make substantive connections between academic life and civic engagement in a conscious and purposeful manner through study, action and reflection. A committee of volunteer faculty members oversees the institute and provides direction for its work.
The theme of community is central to the work of the Institute for Civic Engagement. It is believed that the concept of community is relevant not just within the neighborhoods that the College serves, but within the campus itself, including the individual classrooms in which learning occurs and institutional values are ultimately lived.
As a result, faculty members in subcommittees are examining a number of components of college life, including curriculum, pedagogy, community service programs, models for service learning and neighborhood relations.