Campus Crest Communities staff from North Carolina gathered at the WSU Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) as Co-founder and Chief Investment Officer Mike Hartnett presented the CCE with a check for $5,000. Campus Crest, founded by Mike Hartnett and Ted Rollins in 2004, develops student housing with a mission to provide an environment that fosters growth, learning, and civic responsibility. Campus Crest Communities will begin construction on a student housing property in Pullman in 2013 and, in keeping with a tradition to support the local community of the new property, selected the Center for Civic Engagement as the recipient of the gift of $5,000.
“We are very appreciative of this gift which will support the student-centered programming of the CCE”, said Melanie Brown.
The Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) provides opportunities for WSU students, faculty, campus departments, and community partners to share knowledge, skills, and resources for the benefit of student learning and the well being of our communities. The CCE facilitates student learning and civic leadership development through engagement in community service, advocacy, political participation, public dialogue, and outreach. Established partnerships with local, regional, and national organizations provide diverse opportunities for students and faculty to create positive change in the world. In addition, civic engagement contributes to the University’s land-grant mission: to serve the needs of the people and communities of the state of Washington. In academic year 2011-12, the CCE facilitated the involvement of 8000 students and over 75,000 hours of recorded community service.
Student Leadership Development: peer mentoring and project leadership
Teams of student mentors and project leaders on the Center for Civic Engagement staff are trained to provide support, leadership and mentorship to student participants in service learning. Mentors support and advise students about their options for civic engagement while Project Leaders lead groups of students on short-term projects at a variety of community sites. This gift will support the civic development of these student leaders through training and leadership opportunities.
Service Learning Projects: taking action, solving problems
Each year, hundreds of WSU students participate in community service projects that are locally organized and implemented collaboratively by community partners and the CCE. Community-based projects are educational and involve direct, hands-on service in a wide variety of areas, from human services to environmental restoration. An area of recent growth engages WSU students in youth mentoring in after school programs to encourage persistence in school. This gift will support program development and delivery of such projects, including supplies, staffing, and transportation.