Mission and Vision

Our Vision

The VCU Office of Service-Learning leads the way to a vibrant democratic society through community-engaged teaching and learning in higher education.

Our Mission

The VCU Office of Service-Learning builds VCU’s capacity to educate the doers and thinkers of the future through community-engaged teaching and learning partnerships that enhance the vitality of our city and region.  We collaborate with both on- and off-campus partners to strengthen VCU’s civic ethos and to graduate lifelong engaged citizens.

Our Core Values

We believe these values to be foundational to the enterprise of community engagement and to the education of citizens for a thriving democracy.

  • Access and inclusion
  • Collaboration
  • Equity and justice
  • Integrity and respect
  • Innovation
  • Impact

Our Strategic Priorities

To deepen faculty, student and community partners’ capacity for working in sustained, equitable and mutually-beneficial partnerships that strive to enhance the vitality of our city and region.

To develop and steward civic learning and community engagement resources and curricula.

To provide professional development in civic learning and community engagement to faculty members, university administrators and community partners.

To provide education in civic learning and community engagement to VCU students.

To lead scholarship activities and the dissemination of scholarly products within the areas of civic education and service-learning.

To implement continuous improvement assessments that focus on student, faculty and community partner experiences with civic education and service-learning.