The Robert and Jeanne Leduc Center for Civic Engagement is an exciting venture started by the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in fall 2008 with the mission of integrating intellectual talents and pursuits with the needs of the community. To meet the dual challenges of community need and active student learning, the Leduc Center has drafted a Strategic Plan, which is laid out below.
To enrich the lives of our faculty, students, staff, and community through engaged learning, active citizenship, meaningful community service, scholarship, and mutually-beneficial partnerships.
Our Strategic Direction
By the year 2020, the Leduc Center, in conjunction with our internal and external partners, will have positively impacted the regional challenges of low educational attainment and economic development by empowering, engaging, and effecting change individually and collectively. In the short term, we will impact early literacy and college awareness rates.
- To enhance student learning through civic engagement, meaningful community service, and service-learning.
- To foster engaged scholarship with students, faculty, and the community.
- To develop and sustain partnerships and programs to positively impact community life, early literacy rates, and college awareness.
- To secure funding to support our mission.
- Increase the number of students exposed to service-learning each academic year
- Increase the number of community service hours performed by UMass Dartmouth students each academic year
- Measure student experience with service-learning and civic engagement; show improvement on these results each year
- Establish and maintain an annual Engaged Scholarship Symposium
- Encourage faculty and student submissions to engaged scholarship conferences (ex. CUMU) and scholarly journals
- Develop a UMD Engaged Scholarship Collection to be published every other year
- Establish baseline early literacy numbers; improve on these numbers each year
- Develop an assessment plan for college awareness and access
- Increase participation in SouthCoast Serves by 10% annually with a focus on collective impact (building social capital and improving literacy and college awareness rates)
- Expand reading and college awareness programs for greater impact
- Submit 6-8 major grant/gift requests per year
- Average $250,000 in grants and/or gifts per year
Our plan is intentional and focused. Our focus is on empowering students to create change within themselves and our community (locally and globally). The empowering mechanism is the civically-engaged eduction experience which exposes each student to real life challenges that reside in out local, global, and research communities. These experiences, coupled with reflection, serve as the catalyst to transformative change.
The figure below is a visual representation of the 5Ps – Problems, Plan, Process, Programs, and Product. It shows key linkages between individual student impact (empowering them to engage in activities that effect change) and macro-level impacts on key problems currently facing our community (efficacy, education, and employment). Our short-term goal is to focus on community building, early literacy, and college awareness as a means to educational attainment and economic development. None of this will happen without strong partnerships dedicated to collective impact.