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.

Service Learning

Each academic year, the Eigel Center supports faculty from over 22 different academic departments to introduce or continue courses that leverage service learning as part of their instruction.  Service learning courses are credit bearing experiences designed to benefit both the learner and the community served equally.  Xavier students uniquely leverage their academic disciplines to elevate the impact of nonprofits and the communities they serve.  Past courses have provided tangible benefits through student work product and hands on application of their coursework and faculty led expertise.

If you are a faculty member, start here to learn more.


Opinion:  The Long Road to a Home at Xavier
By Heather Gast, Campus News Editor
Published January, 2019

"Where many universities create inclusion offices to appear benevolent, tack on  “feel good” marketing points in promotions or throw in a line about benefitting the world in commencement speeches, Xavier takes these ideas seriously. 

Universities can advertise that they value community service, but they don’t have the Eigel Center that focuses on engaging and uplifting communities through volunteer work. Mandating gender and diversity credits or having a version of the Center of Diversity and Inclusion is becoming a norm these days, but also having an Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, a Working Group on Slavery and creating an additional Title IX position because of three student’s summer research project is not.

Pamphlets can claim students are formed into caring, conscientious individuals, but they do not have solidarity, reflection or service to the greater good upheld as founding elements of their core curriculum."

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Freestore Foodbank Partners with Xavier University to hold Campus Poverty Simulation
November 16, 2018
Center for Innovation, Xavier University

The students filed into Xavier University's Center for Innovation that Friday evening - many of them exhausted after a long week.  They stood in little groups making small talk, discussing tests and term papers and making plans for Thanksgiving weekend.  They were smart and accomplished Computer Science majors ranging from novice Freshmen to seasoned Seniors preparing to graduate in a few short months.  For the next three hours they would be immersed in a Poverty Simulation hosted by the Eigel Center for Community-Engaged Learning, facilitated by the Freestore Foodbank and put together by the Missouri Community Action Network.  

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Opinion:  Higher Ed Vital in Ever-Changing Economy
By Deborah P. Majoras, Opinion Contributor
Published 9:15 a.m. EST, August 31, 2018

"Right here in Cincinnati, Xavier University's Eigel Center for Community-Engaged Learning links the university directly with the community - encouraging students to apply classroom knowledge to local issues, enhancing the university's curriculum with courses linked to community service, and maintaining a partnership between the university and community organizations.  Other examples abound.

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