Center for Community Engagement


  • As an outgrowth of the University’s strategic plan and mission statement that emphasized “empowering leaders for a just and humane world,” the Center for Community Engagement (CCE) was created in 2004 to expand and deepen academic service-learning efforts, improve and strengthen community partnerships, and promote collaboration among all those engaged in service and justice at Seattle University. 


    • The CCE office opens in the Pavilion. 
    • Nine students participate in the first cohort of Student Leaders for the Common Good. 
    • 53 faculty engage 1,757 students in 106 courses with a service-learning component.
    • Seattle University hosts Tent City, the first time in the United States that a University had hosted an encampment of homeless people. 


    • The Shinnyo-en Foundation forms a partnership with CCE to launch the Shinny-en Fellows program, a summer-long service and discernment initiative.  
    • 50 faculty participate in two luncheons and one day-long workshop focusing on the theory and practice of academic service-learning.
    • Seattle University hosts the National Conference for the Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness.
    • CCE launches eServe, a comprehensive web application that provides structure for coordinating service opportunities between students, community agencies, faculty and the Center.


    • The “First Generation Project” mobilizes 19 Seattle University students to tutor and mentor local high school students who will be first generation college students.
    • 148 students participate in quarterly Labor of Love service projects.
    • 36 students participate in four student-led service immersion trips focusing on immigration, homelessness, and Native American culture.


    • 96 faculty engaged 2,962 students in 196 service-learning courses providing over 45,000 hours of service to more than 60 community organizations.
    • CCE launches the Jumpstart program which mobilizes 40 SU students to each provide 300 hours of literacy support at Head Start programs in Seattle.
    • Serve Seattle Project engages 325 first-year students in a day of service.


    •  The 5th Annual Spirit of Community Celebration brings together 250 students, faculty, staff, and community partners to celebrate campus and community partnerships.
    • 30 faculty and staff explore issues of poverty, youth justice, and faith-based humanitarianism through three multi-day immersions in the local community.
    • CSCE sponsored two Advocacy Skills Training weekend workshops.


    • CCE leads the planning effort for the Seattle University Youth Initiative by engaging over 1,200 campus and community members in dozens of forums and others events, including a day-long conference that brought together over 300 people to offer specific ideas for the Initiative.
    • 85 faculty and students participate in a day-long community-based research workshop.
    • CCE partners with the Office of Human Resources to develop a Community Service Leave Policy that allows employees to voluntarily participate, with pay, in community service activities that occur during regularly scheduled work hours.


    • The Children’s Literacy Project, which had been housed in the College of Education, merges with CCE to assist with the launch of the Youth Initiative. 
    • The Seattle University Youth Initiative launches in February 2011.
    • Seattle University receives the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification


    • CCE moves into a storefront office in the Douglas Building.
    • Six faculty participate in the inaugural Community-Based Research Faculty Fellows Program.
    • The Youth Initiative leads to dramatic staff and programmatic growth including the development of a comprehensive after-school program at Bailey Gatzert Elementary School.
    • Seattle University receives the President’s Award for Community Service, the highest honor a university can receive for its service and community engagement program.


    • For the first time, Seattle University appears on the U.S. News and World Report’s list of the top 25 universities for service-learning.
    • The new year-long Redhawk Academic Mentoring Program launches and provides 44 sixth graders with one-to-one mentoring by 29 Seattle University undergraduates.
    • 120 faculty engage 3,019 students in 262 courses with a service-learning component; a 147% growth in service-learning courses since the Center’s founding in 2004.
    • CCE partners with dozens of campus and community members to significantly expand the Seattle University Youth Initiative.