The Center for Community Engagement (CCE) fosters collaborative leadership among students, faculty, staff, and community partners to discover transformative solutions and create equitable social change in the Rochester community and beyond. The University's Meliora Values are prevalent in all that we do.

We believe communities are strongest when their members are active and engaged in community service, civic leadership, and democratic processes. That’s why we start with you. When you better yourself, you also better your community; and when you better your community, you also better yourself.

Founded in 2005, the Center for Community Engagement is a unit in the Office of the Dean of Students.

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In January, 2020, the University of Rochester was recognized with the Carnegie Foundation’s elective classification in community engagement for the first time. The classification is a formative self-assessment that is designed with reference to best practices in community engagement in post-secondary education, and attainment of the classification reflects the University’s longstanding commitment to community engagement in education, research, and clinical care.

In 2018, interim University president, Richard Feldman, appointed Dr. Theresa M. Green, assistant professor of public health sciences and of clinical nursing, and director of community health policy and education at the Center for Community Health and Prevention; and Glenn Cerosaletti, assistant dean of students and director of the Center for Community Engagement in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering, to co-lead the application process. They convened a work group of faculty and staff from across the University’s six colleges. With input from students and community partners, this group compiled the University's application for the classification and submitted it on April 15, 2019.

In addition to compiling the application for the classification, the group also produced recommendations for University leadership to strengthen community engagement at the institution, and Theresa Green and Glenn Cerosaletti continue to convene a University-wide group known as the Academic Community Engagement Collaborative to advance this work.

To learn about what CCE is doing, see our 2020-2021 Annual Report, Rochester Youth Year's Tenth Anniversary Impact Report, our news feed or events page.

Co-sponsorship Requests

There is strength in collaboration and CCE regularly considers co-sponsorship requests for projects and events that support community engagement. Co-sponsorship requests must be received at least 2 weeks before the event or project takes place. Please use our online form to submit your request.

The Center for Community Engagement is Hiring!

Are you interested in childhood literacy or community engagement? Do you have a desire to support students, non-profit organizations or communities in Rochester? CCE is recruiting for several open student employee positions.  See below for details and application information:

Community-Engaged Learning Program Assistant:

  • As the Program Assistant you will have the opportunity to apply your creative thinking, leadership, and problem-solving skills, bringing what you have learned in the classroom to a work setting. The Program Assistant will be supported by the Associate Director and Program Manager of the C-EL program, within the Center for Community Engagement.
  • Must be a University of Rochester undergraduate
  • Read the full job description and apply in Joblink: JOB ID: 23596

LEAP Program Assistant:

  • The Program Assistant is a key role in supporting LEAP to run smoothly via coordinating CAT time, supplies, assisting with developing and planning staff trainings and supporting LEAP teams
  • At least 1 year of demonstrated experience with project management or event coordination is required
  • A driver’s license that is legal in New York State (you must either have your own personal vehicle or register to drive a campus van) required
  • Read the full job description and apply in Joblink: JOB ID: 25192

LEAP Tutor:

  • LEAP engages undergraduate students in helping kindergarten through fourth grade students develop the language, literacy, math and social skills necessary to succeed in school. Tutors are paired individually with a partner child for the duration of the academic year, and spend time each Saturday working with their partner to develop these skills.
  • Federal Work Study Award required
  • Position open only to undergraduate students
  • Read the full job description and apply in Joblink: JOB ID: 22977

TOUR Academic Coach:

  • Academic coaches have the opportunity to work one-on-one with TOUR students, supporting them as they tackle a college course and navigate the academic and social landscape of the University of Rochester
  • All new TOUR academic coaches are required to participate in CAS 125: Creating an inclusive campus community: disability, mentorship, and inclusive higher education (day and time TBD), fall semester only
  • Read the full job description and apply in Joblink: JOB ID: 22268