The Elma Lewis Center for Civic Engagement, Learning, and Research
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The mission of the Elma Lewis Center for Civic Engagement, Learning, and Research is to inspire and sustain civic engagement at Emerson College, and to uplift communities by bringing Emerson’s strengths in communication and the arts to bear in supporting social change.
The Elma Lewis Center initiates and coordinates civic engagement activities and programs at Emerson College, supports Emerson’s community and school partnerships, fosters discourse on issues of social consequence, and promotes the expansion of service learning, civic education, civic leadership and engaged scholarship at the College and beyond.
Volunteer hours are logged by well over 1,000 Emersonians across the year, through Emerson initiatives, student organizations and through courses that have been taught by Emerson faculty from all disciplines
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The Elma Lewis Center is housed at Emerson College within Office of Diversity & Inclusion. Consistent with Emerson’s commitment to Inclusive Excellence, we seek to encourage the College community to be active citizens engaging with diverse communities on a local, national, and global scale. We are also home to the Office of Service Learning and Community Action which works to address community needs by integrating service into the College’s curricular and co-curricular offerings.
President Lee Pelton announced the establishment of the Elma Lewis Center for Civic Engagement, Learning, and Research in his inaugural address on September 14, 2014:
“Our nation looks to colleges and universities to help solve society’s most pressing problems. Just as we ask our students to share their talents and resources with those who have not had the good fortune to participate in the bounty of life, so, too, must Emerson College. Just as we ask students to live a life of no regrets and where they see wrong, to right; where they see hurt, to soothe; and where they see a broken heart, to mend it, so, too, must Emerson College.”