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Community Engagement

Why wait for graduation to start having an impact on the world?

The mission of Centre College is to prepare students for lives of learning, leadership, and service in a global society.

For students at Centre, community engagement is not just a one-time activity – it’s a way of life – an opportunity for the life-long integration of learning and service. You have the opportunity to work with and learn from change makers on the ground.

Community-Based Learning

Community-based learning is a part of our core curriculum and includes sustained, extensive work outside the classroom; significant integration of community perspective; and alignment between community and classroom learning. Recent Centre classes have included oral histories of the African-American community in Boyle County for the We Were Here Exhibition at the Norton Center for the Arts; invasive species removal, water quality sampling, macroinvertebrate inventory, and other work in local watersheds; and student engagement with art conservation students at Ecole Supérieure d'Art d'Avignon, an art conservation school.

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Centre College students have unprecedented opportunities to learn about business, entrepreneurism and community development in a hands-on, practical manner thanks to the CentreWorks, where students, faculty and staff work alongside the community to help launch new businesses, tackle community challenges, and create social enterprises.

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Bonner Program

“Access to Education, Opportunity to Serve.” The good work of the Bonner Leaders and Scholars at Centre impacts the community through direct service and advocacy for policy change. The Bonner Program is a network of students on campus (and thousands nationwide) dedicated to alleviating poverty and improving education through active community service and civic engagement.

Engagement Opportunities

Over 80% of Centre students participate in community engagement. Here are just a few of the many opportunities you might explore:

Alpha Phi Omega

Alpha Phi Omega is a co-ed service organization that sponsors such activities as Box Sleep-Out, Random Acts of Kindness, and Adopt-A-Highway is a co-ed service organization that sponsors such activities as Box Sleep-Out, Random Acts of Kindness, and Adopt-A-Highway.

Delve into Danville

The Delve into Danville orientation program introduces First-Year students to all that downtown Danville has to offer. Students tour small businesses, non-profit organizations, and the local Farmer's Market. The program is designed to increase students' sense of belonging and connect them with the community they will call home for the next four years.

ESL After-School Program

ESL after-school program is a student initiated and operated after-school program for children of local migrant families who use English as a second language.

Food Recovery Network

Food Recovery Network is a student-led movement fighting food waste and food insecurity in the United States. Centre's chapter partners with Parkhurst Dining to turn surplus food into soup for Soup's On Us, a nonprofit food program serving people facing hunger in Danville. 

Greek Organizations

Greek organizations at Centre can be found helping in campus events and volunteering in Danville and the surrounding communities. 

Learn more about Greek Life.

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