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Three Dimensions of Civic Engagement

Drexel University’s Three dimensions of Civic Engagement

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The neighborhoods in which youth grow up have a lasting impact. Drexel was proud to be part of a coalition to secure a Promise Zone designation in West Philadelphia.

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Drexel University’s efforts in youth development and early education have been recognized with support from the Lenfest Foundation and the William Penn Foundation.

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Drexel’s investment in a thriving, vibrant economy supports business and employers and prepares residents for employment and advancement.

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Dornsife Center Opening

The Dana and David Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships is the cornerstone of the commitment we’ve made to our community.

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Civic Engagement

At Drexel University, we believe it’s our moral and civic responsibility as a university to be a member of the larger social fabric of our city and especially our neighborhoods. That is not limited to Philadelphia — but everywhere Drexel lives. We strive to be a good neighbor. While you may hear or see that phrase used in many ways, we’re committed to it and are already on our way. Our relationships and connectivity to our surroundings — both in Philadelphia and globally — is what is helping us achieve President John Fry’s vision to make Drexel the most civically engaged university in the country. And it’s in everything we do; we’re living it and we plan to live it for the long term.

But we can’t do it alone. We have intentionally layered institutional, academic and student efforts together into a single, comprehensive strategy to engage many partners, investors and volunteers. We all have a stake in improving opportunities in the community and, in our model, everyone has a role. At Drexel, our civic engagement strategy integrates three critical elements:

  • Student and Employee Volunteerism

    Drexel offers high-quality, community-based volunteer opportunities through the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement, open to all Drexel students, faculty and professional staff.

  • Academic Integration

    Our faculty explicitly integrates civic engagement into research, coursework and clinical practice. Drexel’s curriculum combines experiential and service learning, research and neighborhood investments to connect our students directly to their surroundings. Our academic programs allow our students to interact with neighboring schools, community service agencies, cultural institutions and civic government.

  • Institutionally Supported Neighborhood Investment

    Drexel serves as an anchor institution in West Philadelphia, investing fully in the community through hiring and procurement, and supporting initiatives to improve the economic opportunity in the surrounding neighborhoods.

The way we see it, when these three elements are integrated and implemented through innovative tactics, we are on our way to producing the greatest impact: real civic engagement that is sustainable and measurable. But we are more than the sum of our parts. Learn more about the overarching strategic goals that guide our Neighborhood Initiatives.

Learn More about the Overarching goals that guide our neighborhood initiatives.