Center for Community Engagement

Community Engagement

The Center for Community Engagement serves students, faculty, staff and community partners as a hub for experiential learning, research opportunities, and positive change, in an effort to move the university's public affairs mission forward.

A Letter from the Director

Community engagement is a core component of the university’s public affairs mission.  By promoting a campus culture that inspires community engagement, the Center for Community Engagement (through its programs and resources) aspires to develop students who are active citizens of enhanced character, sensitive to the needs of community, competent and committed in their ability to contribute to a global society, and civil in their habits of thought, speech, and action. We:

  • Promote collaborations that build the capacities of our communities. 

  • Connect academic goals with community-defined needs to create collective impact. 

  • Convene dialogues that promote partnership development and are responsive to evolving community issues.  

  • Provide workshops and consultations to student and community organizations 

  • Model and train students to become citizen scholars who address societal concerns alongside community partners. 

On behalf of our CCE staff, I am excited to work with you as a resource as you contribute your knowledge and experiences to your community and the broader society. Together, we will create positive social change as active citizens. 

- Alex Johnson, Director, Center for Community Engagement


Missouri Public Affairs Academy

Working for the greater good. High school students in Missouri come together to develop understanding of public affairs.

Bonner Leader Program

Access to Education. Opportunity to Serve. Bonner Leaders are community engagement ambassadors.

Bear Breaks Immersion Trips

Educate. Engage. Empower. These experiences focus on social issues locally, nationally, and globally!

Peace Corps Prep Certificate

Highlight your work in Public Affairs. Earn a Certificate from the Peace Corps.

Bear Pantry

The Bear Pantry aims to serve those in the MSU community who face food insecurity.

Community: Engaged

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