Community Engagement

Founded in 2006, Bunker Hill Community College’s Office of Community Engagement coordinates the College’s community partnerships and works with faculty and staff to develop a range of curricular and co-curricular community engagement activities. The Office has been staffed with a full-time Coordinator of Community Engagement and Student Volunteerism since 2008. In 2011-2012, an additional part-time staff person was hired to support growth in community engagement initiatives; a faculty advocate was identified to expand the Office’s reach; and an advisory board of faculty and staff were identified to be ambassadors of community engagement within their program and departments. In 2015, the College received the Community Engagement Reclassification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and was recognized with the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

In 2015-2016, 50 faculty members integrated community engagement projects into 150 courses, involving more than 3,500 students in community engaged scholarship and service. An additional 314 students served the greater Boston community through the Office’s co-curricular Service Months, Jumpstart Volunteer Program, Boston Housing Authority Language Access Volunteer Program, Citizen Schools Volunteer Program, Community Work Study Program, and Honors Students in Action Program. Currently, about 4,000 students participate in our Community Engagement programs, both curricular and co-curricular, and provide at least 18,500 hours of service to the greater Boston community.

The College employs a four-tier designation system for curricular projects: 1) a volunteer designation for one-time projects or on-campus awareness campaigns; 2) an action research designation for examination of social issues through interviewing, collecting data, and participatory observation; 3) a civic activism designation that makes an explicit connection to increasing students’ civic awareness; and 4) a service learning designation where students contribute 15-20 hours of service with community-based organizations related to course content. This system ensures quality and consistency across projects while maximizing faculty creativity in project design.

ID 16763

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