Mission, Vision and Values 

The Sundborg Center for Community Engagement is a mission-driven organization, connecting campus and community through programs and partnerships that align with Seattle University’s values and strategic goals.  

Our Values


We act with humility and a sense of gratitude.


Community defined needs and strengths guide and inspire our work.


We make the best use of our resources through work that is data driven, efficient and effective.


We are committed to engaging with others with compassion, creativity, and care.


Acknowledging the dignity of all individuals, we seek a world in which all people thrive.


The Fr. Stephan Sundborg S.J. Center for Community Engagement connects campus and community to pursue a more just and humane world.


The CCE belongs to trusting, inclusive networks to collectively shape the future of education in Seattle. 


Theory of Change 

Inputs: We will focus on the assets and resources of our neighborhood, campus, and partners.

  • Families and Youth Scholars 
  • SeattleU Campus
  • External Partners and Funders 

Activities: We will convene, connect and create leadership and learning opportunities. 

  • Convene Families and Community Partners
  • Educational Programming Birth to 12th Grade
  • SU Student Engagement
  • SU Faculty and Department Engagement

Priorities: Across our activities we will:

  • Build the capacity of systems and people 
  • Pursue anti-racist methods
  • Resource campus and community-led organizations 

Intermediate Goals: We will continuously learn and will sustain reciprocal meaningful relationships. 

  • Foster collaboration on and off campus.
  • Include stakeholders in leadership roles. 
  • Practice regular dialogue with all stakeholders.

Long Term Goals: We will enhance the capacity of systems and individuals, so that leaders across our systems grow. 

  • Capacity: Have enhanced knowledge and skills 
  • Connection: Feel more connected with each other 
  • Confidence: Act as confident leaders.
  • Cognition: Believe in the value of family-campus-community partnerships. 


Our Strategic Goals

Successful Youth & Families

Build capacity for social change in our local community.

Engaged Campus

Engage SU students and faculty to serve, learn and lead for a just and humane world.

Advance the Field

Advance the field of community engagement in higher education.