Moving Forward Giving Back: First Year Day of Service
The goals of this collaborative initiative between the Center for Civic Engagement and the first-year experience office are to promote civic engagement and social justice and to create an opportunity for new students to feel connected to their campus and surrounding communities.
Participation in MFGB has resulted in increases in retention, GPA’s and overall satisfaction with Salem State as well as stronger peer connections and a greater desire to get involved in on- and off-campus organizations.
Civic Engagement Hall of Fame
The Civic Engagement Hall of Fame is an annual program sponsored by the president and the Center for Civic Engagement and recognizes individuals for their efforts in addressing social and environmental challenges facing communities. Inductees possess sustained commitment and passion for improving, assisting and helping organizations in need through their civic engagement efforts. Nomination categories include undergraduate student, graduate student, faculty, staff/administrator and alumni.
The Center actively works to create and sustain community partnerships with organizations across the North Shore through events and initiatives like semesterly community partner breakfasts, networking socials, community collaboration events and the Center’s Community Partner Advisory Board.
As part of professional development opportunities for faculty, the center holds Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) workshops in collaboration with the Center for Research and Creative Activities. Faculty learn best practices for CBPR, hear from CBPR researchers, and meet with community partners who are interested in working on CPBR projects. The CCE and Center for Research and Creative Activities also provide Community-Based Participatory Research grants for faculty interested in engaging in this work.
Community Service Projects
The Center supports community service initiatives like: students volunteering at Citizen’s Inn, Salem YMCA Greenspace and Lifebridge and participation in the North Shore CDC toy drive, Let’s Move Salem campus event, Earth Day cleanup, and the Walk for HAWC, among others.