Grinnell College’s mission is, in part, to graduate individuals “who are prepared in life and work to use their knowledge and their abilities to serve the common good.”

Community-based learning initiatives operate under the assumption that civic engagement activities not only address issues affecting the common good, but they also serve as a platform for interdisciplinary, transformational learning.

The courses and activities supported by the College allow students to become active participants in their education while making a difference and learning about unique aspects of the larger Iowa community.

The activities deepen students' understanding of what they are learning while teaching related, transferrable professional, civic, and personal skills. Moreover, the activities allow students to appreciate the interdisciplinary nature of real world problem-solving and thus to understand the multidisciplinary value of a liberal arts education.