About the Office
The Office of Community Enhancement and Engagement directs college investments, policies, and programs toward helping the community of Grinnell become an even better place to live, work, and study.
Office activities focus on strengthening community resources, especially cultural, recreational, and educational opportunities as well as initiatives that enhance the safety, beauty, and economic vitality of our surroundings.
Grinnell College's Community Enhancement & Engagement efforts are driven by a few basic ideas:
- Relevance: By working in partnership with other community organizations, we help to ensure that we are focusing on timely community priorities.
- Sustainability & Promise: While we strive to support any idea to build town/gown relationships and enhance the quality of life in Grinnell, we concentrate our efforts on developing lasting, sustainable partnerships that can carry on into the future.
- Collaboration: As a community, we can be more effective by working together to accomplish our common goals. In a town of 10,000, it's usually better to combine, rather than duplicate, efforts. Where possible, Grinnell College seeks to work with other community partners and support creative collaborative partnerships.
On this site you will find information about office programs, the town of Grinnell, Events on- and off-campus, and Grinnell College resources for the greater Grinnell community. If there is information that you'd like to see here, feel free to contact the office with your suggestions.
Monica Chavez-Silva, email@example.com Director, Community Enhancement & Engagement