The Elma Lewis Center for Civic Engagement, Learning, and Research

50,000

Volunteer hours are logged by well over 1,000 Emersonians across the year, through Emerson initiatives, student organizations and through the over 40 service learning courses that have been taught by Emerson faculty from all disciplines

$1.2M

The average estimated monetary value of community service hours the College performs annually

289

The number of college presidents that pledged to host informed and respectful discussions on gun violence at their campuses because of the leadership of Emerson College President Lee Pelton


The mission of the Elma Lewis Center for Civic Engagement, Learning and Research is to inspire and sustain civic engagement at Emerson College, and uplift communities by bringing Emerson’s strengths in communication and the arts to bear in supporting social change.

Dr. M. Lee Pelton announced the opening of the Elma Lewis Center for Civic Engagement, Learning, and Research at his inaugural address.

“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.”

The Elma Lewis Center coordinates civic engagement initiatives at Emerson College, supports Emerson’s community and school partnerships, fosters discourse on important social justice issues, and promotes the expansion of service learning, civic education, and engagement at the College and beyond.

EC: 60 with Kelly Bates

Get to know Kelly Bates, the founding executive director of the Elma Lewis Center for Civic Engagement, Learning and Research!

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