Center for Community Engagement

Our mission is to connect classroom, campus and community through reciprocal partnerships contributing to a just, equitable and healthy world.

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Our Vision

The Center is recognized for robust community partnerships, involving students, faculty and staff positively transforming our
university and communities through community-engaged learning and scholarship.

Focus on Community Engagement

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Dominican University of California has received the Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in recognition of the University’s exemplary institutional focus on community engagement.


We support the campus community and the community at large in developing projects and partnerships that align with these principles:

Relevance, academic rigor, and connection with Dominican's Institutional Learning Outcomes

Community engagement is germane to course content, required by all students enrolled in the course, and integrated into course goals and student learning outcomes. Course goals respond to one or more of Dominican’s Institutional Learning Outcomes.

Community Voice and Interest

Community engagement activities address community-identified issues and meet course goals. This includes determining a timeframe, a required skill-set for students, and training requirements.

Reciprocity Between all Stakeholders

Dominican and Community Partners develop a shared vision and joint strategies; learn from and teach each other; and, are accountable to each other. Community Partners, as co-educators, participate in evaluating student engagement.

Critical Reflection

Students continuously analyze their understanding of larger contexts, societal and organizational structures, and civic responsibility.


Evaluation of student, faculty, and community work is embedded in the course/project to measure progress made towards student learning outcomes, and community goals.

Dissemination and Celebration

Stakeholders are recognized for their contributions. Findings from the course/project are shared with the larger community.


Modes of Community Engagement



Service-Learning integrates meaningful community engagement with academic curriculum, emphasizing critical reflection and analysis. With community organizations and schools, students learn about the lives of others and the larger contexts and root causes of issues that impact us all.

Global Learning

Global Learning encompasses academic programs that further intercultural understanding and comfort with difference. Through coursework, internships and research, both in the United States and abroad, students explore the interconnectivity of global systems and their own global responsibility.

Internships, Clinicals, Fieldwork

Internships, Clinicals, and Fieldwork invite students to explore the career of their choice and exercise real-world skills in a temporary placement with a partner organization.

Community-Based Projects

Community-based projects are embedded in academic courses, designed to serve "client" community organizations and businesses. Through structured, faculty-guided initiatives, students hone leadership and team skills while applying disciplinary knowledge and engaging local experts.

Community-Based Research

Community-Based Research is student research conducted with established partners in diverse fields. Partner organizations benefit from students' work gathering and analyzing data for select projects, and students build critical skills.