Goodnow Hall

Community Enhancement and Engagement

Located in Goodnow Hall

Office of Community Enhancement & Engagement
Office of Community Enhancement and Engagement
Grinnell Education Partnership logo
Grinnell Education Partnership logo

Connecting Campus and Community for the Common Good

The Office of Community Enhancement and Engagement supports the College’s core mission by helping our hometown to become a thriving destination locally, nationally, and internationally. The office connects campus and community to strengthen local social and economic vitality, enhance quality of life, and create long-term systems change for the benefit of the campus and community. The office supports a variety of partnership projects in areas such as education, healthcare, public infrastructure, downtown development, historic preservation, parks and recreation, and economic development. Since 2015, the office of Community Enhancement and Engagement has served as the backbone agency of the Grinnell Education Partnership.

Community Values

Our office works with the campus community and the community of Grinnell in similar yet different ways but we all share the same community values. 

  • Reciprocity: Everyone gives and receives; a mutual exchange with a balanced give and take 
  • Diversity & Inclusion: Valuing respective strengths, assets, perspectives, and expertise; being unique and feeling welcome 
  • Collaboration: Recognizing individual goals and challenges; working together for the common good 
  • Sustainability: Continuous improvement for sustainability; maintain a certain level without compromising the future 

Institutional Support for a Culture of Collaboration

Community Enhancement and Engagement supports the College’s core mission by helping our hometown to become a thriving destination locally, nationally, and internationally. The office connects campus and community to strengthen local social and economic vitality, enhance quality of life, and create long-term systems change for the benefit of the campus and community. 

  • public relations
  • community investments
  • public-private partnerships
  • employee engagement programs
  • collective impact facilitation
  • outreach programs and event

Individual Connections for Students and Faculty

Do you want to volunteer in the community, apply for a service learning work-study position, or participate in a social innovation challenge? Maybe you are interested in taking a community-based learning class, securing a social-justice-oriented internship, or leading an alternative break service project. Perhaps you’d like to join an advocacy-focused student group, coordinate a political rally, or participate in the Iowa Caucuses. Whatever your interest, your Center for Careers, Life, and Service advisers are here to help you identify a personalized array of experiences that will equip you with the skills and insights necessary to explore the civic aspect of your career.

  • post grad service
  • social innovation
  • community-based learning courses
  • service learning work study
  • volunteering and advocacy
  • to learn more about Service and Social Innovation

Whether Institutional support for a culture of collaboration or individual connections for students and faculty, Grinnell College has strong community values.

Grinnell College community values diagram, described in earlier text
Grinnell Community Values Diagram

 

Contact Us

Want to learn more about our office or how to get more involved in our community? We can help get you connected!

E-mail: communityenhance@grinnell.edu

Phone: 641-269-3900

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