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GSC 300.1008: Second Year Seminar: Civic Engagement in Urban Communities

Definition of Community Engagement & Resources

Definitions of Community Engagement

Definition of Community Engagement: …the process of working collaboratively with and through groups of people affiliated by geographic proximity, special interest, or similar situations to address issues affecting the well-being of those people It is a powerful vehicle for bringing about environmental and behavioral changes that will improve the health of the community and its members. It often involves partnerships and coalitions that help mobilize resources and influence systems, change relationships among partners, and serve as catalysts for changing policies, programs, and practices (CDC, 1997, p 9 – published in CDC, Principles of Community Engagement Second Edition, 2011, p. 3)

Community Engagement Definition

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching provides the most widely acknowledged definition of engagement defined as:

Community engagement describes the collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.


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social capital and churches
community engagement and corporations
employee engagement and volunteering
community service reinvestment
employee engagement and volunteer programs
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