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Lindy Center for Civic Engagement

Servicing the community helps serve us all.

Drexel University’s vision as a comprehensive and progressive urban university with a deep commitment to civic engagement comes to life through the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement. The Lindy Center plays a crucial role in fulfilling the University’s goal to become one of the most civically engaged universities in the country and to improve the lives of those living in its surrounding neighborhoods. Today, the Lindy Center has 75 community partnerships and works on more than 200 civic engagement projects annually, directs a number of student leadership programs, and supports community based learning through courses and faculty research projects.

The Center promotes social responsibility and public service by facilitating community-based experiential learning for students, faculty, and professional staff. Through collaborations with the community, and in support of the University’s strategic plan, the Center furthers the public good on the local and national levels while enriching the scholarship and character of Drexel students through enhanced education. 

Thanks to its endowment by Philip B. Lindy, the Center has established the following programs:   

  • The Lindy Neighbors Program supports a number of initiatives in the West Philadelphia community to optimize health and wellness education, to green and renovate City playgrounds, and to support the City’s Healthy Corner Store initiative. The program will also provide student community interns to work with individual non-profits and businesses to help build capacity and provide ongoing support in the community.
  • The Lindy Scholars Program matches 75 Drexel students with 225 middle school students in 6-8 grade for after-school tutoring and mentoring sessions with the goal of enhancing their education and helping the students to realize their full potential. The program engages parents through family workshops and  supports teachers through professional development activities. The Lindy Center collaborates with Drexel’s School of Education and the Alain Locke, Martha Washington, and Morton McMichael elementary schools in West Philadelphia.
  • Toward the goal of being the most civically engaged university in the United States, the Lindy Center started a Certificate in Civic Engagement to provide Drexel students with the intellectual grounding to be active participants in their communities on issues of public concern. With the Certificate, Drexel becomes one of a small but growing number of colleges and universities across the country to establish an academic civic engagement program. Students pursuing the Certificate will take courses on active citizenship, university-community partnerships, and civic engagement leadership, among other innovative topics.

For more information on Drexel University’s Lindy Center for Civic Engagement, visit the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement website .