Community Engagement and Leadership

Community Engagement and Leadership

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?" Martin Luther King Jr.

Community Engagement engages students, community members, faculty and staff to facilitate partnerships, education, critical thinking and informed action.  Through these collaborations, we aim to foster social justice by promoting personal, institutional and community change.

Community Engagement assists the Penn State Abington community in the areas of service.  Service in the community takes on many names and our work can be called community service, volunteerism, civic engagement, service learning, and public scholarship.  We work to engage our student body and our campus community with the surrounding population in various areas of need and concern.  We provide opportunities to become involved in the community, to learn more about yourself and to experience firsthand a variety of issues affecting both our community and our society as a whole.

Sampling of Services We Provide

  • Resources on service-related events and relevant service issues
  • Opportunities for campus organizations to collaborate on service projects
  • Provide assistance in developing service projects that address specific academic connections and personal interests
  • Provide assistance to the communities' requests for volunteer aide
  • Provide one time programs and immersion programs for our campus community

Through the various leadership opportunities offered to Abington students, students are encouraged and challenged to extend learning beyond the classroom in the high quality experiential activities that will prepare them for complex issues in their community and chosen profession.

Opportunities challenge students to:

  • Enrich and deepen their self-knowledge
  • Develop self-confidence and competence
  • Manage their time, energy and efforts in order to live balanced lives
  • Recognize and assume accountability for their actions and decisions 
  • Communicate and interact effectively
  • Think creatively and critically
  • Consider and understand multiple perspectives
  • Embrace the responsibilities associated with becoming an ethical leader

Programs Offered:

  • Orientation Leader Positions (paid) What is an Orientation Leader?
  • Lion Production Positions (paid)
  • Student Engagement and Leadership and Intercultural Affairs internships(paid)
  • Annual  Presidents Retreat
  • Diversity Summit
  • Alternative Spring Break