Our Mission

Champlain's CSCE program provides the Champlain community with a link to the community. Through service trips and activities, mentorship, leadership, and resources available to all, the Center for Service and Civic Engagement strives to create an inclusive community within Burlington and Vermont.

How Does CSCE Accomplish This Mission?

Our students have the energy, creativity and competencies to make a very real and lasting contribution to our world. As leaders, Champlain students nourish and evoke the best qualities-creativity, commitment and caring-in others as well as in themselves.

Service gives students an understanding of how to become effective professionals and global citizens by contributing their time and talent for the betterment of the community. It is a very personal practice of self-examination as students discover what they really care about and what gives meaning to their work.

Champlain students have a wealth of life experiences to share. By being good listeners and by paying attention, they model positive choices and promote personal and academic success.

Through shared leadership and reciprocity, students learn to become active members of the community and make a positive contribution. They work together with other individuals and groups to understand the pressing issues of their community such as poverty, hunger, homelessness, illiteracy, injustice and health and environmental issues.

Action is only one step in creating change. After students perform active service, they take time to reflect upon their experiences to learn from them and to ensure that their actions align with their commitments.

With the goal of creating a safe and just community, students engage in simple conversation that involves truly listening to one another. The art of dialogue allows each person to hear and to be heard.

CSCE offers a number of programs to engage students in community issues. Many of these initiatives are the result of individuals identifying a need and working with others in the community to take action and address that need. Click on the Service Programs page to see some examples of our current initiatives and community partners!

The Office is currently researching why students participate in community service. Take this quick survey to help aid us with our research and be entered to win a $50 iTunes giftcard.

If you are currently participating in service, we would love to hear about it! Share your stories here and get entered for a chance to win a free Center for Service and Civic Engagement T-shirt!

Check out the calendar of events and click on an event to find out more details or to sign up!