The James and Delrose Eigel Center for Community-Engaged Learning


Mission of the Eigel Center

The Eigel Center for Community-Engaged Learning facilitates curricular community engaged learning experiences.  Community engaged learning enriches coursework by encouraging students to apply the knowledge and analytic tools gained in the classroom to the pressing issues affecting local communities.

Community Engagement describes the collaboration between Xavier University and our larger communities for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnerships and reciprocity.  

Our Priorities

  • Build and foster external partnerships that extend Xavier's academic footprint into the community.
  • Work with Programs and Academic Departments to design and support curriculum that integrates community engaged learning into faculty teaching and research.
  • Act as primary resource in advancing and coordinating institutional resources that support community engaged learning for all students, faculty and staff.
  • Direct the Community Engaged Fellows Scholarship Program.
  • Support the promotion and growth of Engaged Learning into all areas of Xavier's academic endeavors including all components of the Road Through Xavier.

Building Community Partnerships

The Eigel Center continues its leadership rile in advancing collaboration and communication between our faculty, students and campus with the community at large through engaged learning opportunities.  Service learning is a mutually beneficial exchange that addresses community needs, usually through a nonprofit's work in community, and provides a learning opportunity through an existing course.

If you are a community partner, please contact us for more information.

Eigel Center News

May 22, 2019

2019 Grad Donald Foley Honored For His Work With High School Immigrants

Donald Foley came to Xavier from Wisconsin to study Sociology, but he got his first real lesson in culture at a nearby high school early in his freshman year.  He joined the MuskieTigers, a Xavier student club that runs an after-school program at Withrow High School to help immigrant and refugee high school students adjust to American social and academic culture and transition to college.

In his sophomore year, Foley stepped up to serve as president of the club and continued as president through his senior year.  The club is advised by the director of Xavier's Eigel Center for Community-Engaged Learning.  Among its many activities, the club helped the high school students respond to and understand the cultural issues behind acts of vandalism and racism at the school by welcoming American born students to the program and creating events that celebrated all cultures there.

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