In the Community
At her 2008 inauguration, President Meservey charged the college to build on its legacy of service to the North Shore and beyond by establishing a center for civic engagement. She stated, "It is our duty to ensure that students understand the importance of community involvement, and that they are well versed in the privileges and responsibilities that come with citizenship in a democratic republic."
Salem State's Center for Civic Engagement supports the college's service-learning and community service initiatives. It acts as a liaison to surrounding non-profit and community agencies, and as a resource and training center for students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Community partners this year include the AIDS Action Committee (Boston), Boys & Girls Club (Salem), Danvers Historical Society, Essex National Heritage Commission, Ford School (Lynn), Girls Inc. (Lynn), Healthy Peabody Initiative, Lynn Time Bank, Operation Troop Support Inc. (Danvers), Plummer Home for Boys (Salem), Salem Mission, Salem Parks and Recreation, and Saltonstall School (Salem).