Mission Statement and Goals
The Center for Civic Engagement & Social Impact promotes community-based learning experiences that address issues of public concern by building mutually beneficial partnerships and empowering students to be active citizens in their local, national and global communities.
To achieve this mission, the Center for Civic Engagement & Social Impact:
- Partners with a wide array of non-profit and governmental agencies, faculty, staff, and student clubs, organizations, and athletic teams
- Facilitates academic and co-curricular community service and service-learning programs that engage students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members
- Disseminates information about service-learning, resources, and professional development opportunities
- Consults with faculty to incorporate service-learning opportunities into specific courses and programs of study
- Collaborates with all parties to ensure quality learning experiences and positive impact in the community
- Manages service-learning data and facilitates assessment
Faculty and Staff
Senior Director, Center for Civic Engagement & Social Impact
Seth joined the Center for Civic Engagement & Social Impact in February of 2020. Seth brings more than ten years of progressively responsible experience to his role, working at the intersections of education and public service. He joined West Chester following appointments with Governor Tom Wolf's administration as Special Advisor for Postsecondary and Higher Education and Deputy Policy Director for the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Prior to his tenure in state government, Seth served as the Assistant Director for the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement at Drexel University, where he also earned a Master's degree in Comparative and International Education and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy. Seth is deeply committed to advancing the public good outcomes of higher education, and in particular, West Chester University's mission to graduate students that contribute to the common good.
Interim Assistant Director, Center for Civic Engagement & Social Impact
Shannon joined the Center for Civic Engagement & Social Impact in October of 2017 as a Graduate Assistant focusing on the Alternative Break Program. In December 2018, she was promoted to Interim Assistant Director and now oversees the America Reads Youth Mentoring Program and various co-curricular service initiatives. Shannon is a alumna of West Chester University where she received both her Master's Degree in Higher Education Policy and Student Affairs in 2019 and her Bachelor's Degree in English and Philosophy in 2017. Shannon is enthusiastic to continue creating a culture of service at her alma mater and engage students in meaningful experiential learning opportunities.
Faculty Associate for Service Learning for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021
Linda Stevenson is the Faculty Associate for Center for Civic Engagement & Social Impact for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021. She brings an international and Latinx orientation with her from the Department of Political Science International Affairs program, where she joined the faculty in 2002, and as a leader in the WCU Global Studies, Latin American and Latino/a Studies, and Ethnic Studies Minor programs. Dr. Stevenson offers Service Learning opportunities in her Latin American Culture and Politics, Latino Politics, and Women and Politics courses, working with community partners across the region from Harrisburg to New Jersey, and internationally in the Latin American region. She seeks to enhance connections between WCU faculty, students and community partners in ongoing, as well as new, innovative ways.
Katie joined the Center for Civic Engagement & Social Impact in August 2020 as a Graduate Assistant for Community Partnerships. Katie graduated from McGill University in 2018 with a degree in Environmental Economics and a minor in Urban Systems. She is pursuing a Master's Degree in WCU's Higher Education Policy and Student Affairs program. Katie is passionate about developing inclusive and comprehensive programming and excited to help students and the communities they live in develop a strong and mutually beneficial relationship.
Chyna joined the Center for Civic Engagement & Social Impact in August 2020 as a Graduate Assistant for the Resource Pantry. She is a proud WCU Alumni and graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. Currently, she is pursuing a Master's Degree in WCU's Higher Education Policy and Student Affairs program. She is excited to be a part of the team and is excited to offer her support and assistance to students experiencing food and basic needs insecurity.
Nick joined the Center for Civic Engagement & Social Impact in August 2020 as a Graduate Assistant for Student Engagement. Nick is a proud WCU alum, where he graduated in 2020 with a B.S.Ed. in Early Grades Preparation (PK-4) and a Minor in Mathematics Education (PK-8). Currently, he is pursuing a Master's Degree in WCU's Higher Education Policy and Student Affairs program. Nick is excited to be working with students to foster their leadership skills and is enthusiastic to be helping students create social change throughout their communities!
The annual report aims to provide a summary of both the department-led efforts, as well as community engagement initiatives reported to the department by faculty, staff, and students. Center for Civic Engagement & Social Impact promotes community engaged learning experiences that address critical community needs by building mutually beneficial partnerships with non-profit organizations and governmental agencies, while empowering students to be active citizens in their local, national and global communities.