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The Center for Community Engagement

Created in the fall of 2016, the Center for Community Engagement is the formal home for all aspects of the curricular and co-curricular service and civic experiences here at Mount Ida.

Student Involvement

Here at Mount Ida, we are committed to providing opportunities for students to become immersed in the local, national, and international community by developing community-based partnerships that address relevant and current societal issues. During the 2015-2016 academic year, Mount Ida students completed over 3,000 hours of service, equating to an economic impact to the community of over $80,000!

Community Partnerships

The community organizations that the Center for Community Engagement partners with are critical not only to the learning process of Mount Ida students, but to solving real societal issues. When community partners collaborate with the Center for Community Engagement, both work to identify the partner’s needs and team up to meet those needs.

Opportunities for Faculty

The Center sponsors Community Engagement Grants for Faculty and supports the Faculty Fellows, who represent each of the four schools and are committed to two years of community engagement within their courses.

Service Learning

Add an additional one-credit service learning option to any course! This opportunity allows students to tie the meaningful service within the community directly to the host course learning objectives.

Executive Director Center for Community Engagement

Heather Gilmour

In addition to her roles as Assistant Professor of Sport Management and the Faculty Director of Community Engagement, Heather Gilmour (Ed.D,) serves as the Executive Director of the Center for Community Engagement.

Director for Community Engagement

Gregg Grenier

Gregg came to Mount Ida in January of 2015 with extensive experience in community engagement and service-learning, both as a student and professional within the non-profit sector.

Graduate Fellow for
Community Engagement

Sue Ung

Sue recently graduated from Merrimack College with a Bachelor's degree in environmental science and is continuing at Merrimack for another year to obtain a Master's degree in Community Engagement. In her undergraduate career, Sue was an involved student leader through Relay For Life, the Social Justice Coalition, and she also led service trips through Campus Ministry.

Campus Compact AmeriCorps*VISTA

Lauren Dybel

Over the next year, Lauren will serve as the Campus Compact for Southern New England AmeriCorps*VISTA, building upon Mount Ida’s relationship with the West Roxbury Urban Science Academy, a Boston public high school.

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Civic Engagement

Voter-Friendly Campus

Mount Ida College is now one of 83 campuses in 23 states designated as a “Voter-Friendly Campus.”