The Center for Community Engagement connects students, community members, faculty and staff through mutually beneficial, sustainable partnerships.

Community Partner Breakfasts: Several times a year, the Center for Community Engagement brings together our community partners for a morning of sharing best practices and finding common solutions to challenges.

With a grant from the Association of American Colleges and Universities Lafayette hosted a "Bringing Theory to Practice" civic seminar where a thoughtful dialogue took with organizations in the Easton community place about what is working well and what could be improved in Lafayette'. All participants were people who have experience creating and sustaining such partnerships. Here they held a KIVA, where 3 rings of circles are made and the person with a ball get to talk and express views on a subject. The event was lead by Professor Debra Byrd and Bonnie Winfield of Lafayette. As background, in July 2013, Lafayette opened its new Center for Community Engagement, whose mission is to promote, support, integrate, track and assess the numerous and varied ways in which Lafayette students, faculty and staff partner with local organizations to improve communities in the Lehigh Valley and beyond. The Center is an "umbrella" organization for (a) faculty-supervised community-based learning and research courses and projects, (b) the co-curricular learning that occurs through the Landis Center, and (c) the miscellaneous service activities sponsored by programs like Athletics or organizations like sororities and fraternities, Alternative Spring Break Club, SEES, EWB, etc. Chuck Zovko / Zovko Photographic llc April 25, 2014

Civic Seminar: In the Spring of 2014, the Center for Community Engagement, through a grant from the AAC&U, gathered students, community partners and faculty and staff for a conversation about civic engagement. The conversation was in the form of a KIVA, which means listening to voices. Arranged in concentric circles, participants voiced their experience, hopes, and concerns about the impact of Lafayette College in the community, especially the City of Easton.

Karl Stirner Arts Trail

Community Arts

Faculty and staff have assisted city planners, the local arts community, and residents to help develop the Karl Stirner Arts Trail as a walking trail and environmental corridor between downtown and 13th Street. Jim Toia, director of the community arts program at Lafayette, serves as the chairman of the Bushkill Creek Corridor Council of the Arts.

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Webinars and Training: Since the founding of the Landis Center, civic engagement professionals have engaged our community leaders in professional development workshops and dialogues. Last year more than 30 community partners participated in three webinars on Collective Impact. Click here to become involved or suggest a topic.

CCE Steering Committee: Established in the Fall of 2015, the CCE formed a steering committee consisting of college and community leaders to enhance the work of community engagement and build partnerships that are reciprocal and sustainable.

  • Paul Brunswick, Two Rivers Health and Wellness Fund
  • Debbie Byrd, CCE, Lafayette College
  • Mike Dowd, First UCC Church
  • Charles Elliot, Community Member
  • Alyssa Emili, Easton Area School District
  • Michael Handzo, Lehigh Valley Community Land Trust
  • Jim Henkel, Community Member
  • Scott Hummel, Lafayette College
  • Guillermo Lopez, Community in Schools
  • Lawrence Malinconico, Lafayette College/Tech Clinic
  • Robert Root, Lafayette College
  • Brandon Sardik, Greater Shiloh Church
  • Bonnie Winfield, Lafayette College
  • Amber Zuber, Landis Center, Lafayette College

Government and Civic Services: The Meyner Center for the Study of State and Local Government engages in local, regional, national, and international public service, training, and outreach to state and local governments and civic organizations.