Eigel Center


“In your imagination, drive a great stake into the X that marks the spot between Hinkle Hall and the McDonald Library, and tie a great rope a mile and a half long to that stake and then draw a circle with it. We are at the center, the exact center of the circle, you and I. We know our own faces well, our own thoughts, our ownhopes, our own dreams, our own work. Why not just teach our classes, study our books, write our papers, pray ourprayers and think our thoughts? For no other reason than we are not alone in that circle.”   
                                                                                                              - Fr. Michael J. Graham, SJ, Inaugural Speech  (September 2001)

Community Engagement at Xavier University involves the collaboration and sustained partnership between the University – its students, faculty, staff and administrators and community organizations - for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in order to advance learning through practices of social justice, community building, and citizen participation. In general, community engagement activities at Xavier fall along three stages of a continuum for our students: exposure, participation, and partnership.

Xavier is one of 361 campuses nationwide that has received the  Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s  Community Engagement Classification (2008, 2015) for its institutional commitment teaching, learning, and scholarship that engage faculty, students, and community.

Our Mission

The Eigel Center supports collaborative community-based learning experiences that prepare our graduates for a world that is increasingly diverse, complex, and interdependent. Leveraging engaged faculty and community assets, the Center guides the development and integration of meaningful immersive and service-learning courses that bridge classrooms to communities and provide a mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources.

Established in 2008 under the leadership of President Michael J. Graham, S.J., the James & Delrose Eigel Center for Community-Engaged Learning is named in honor of Jim Eigel, a 1956 Xavier alumnus, and his wife, Delrose. As longtime Xavier supporters, the Eigels were compelled to help found the Center as a way to leverage the assets of the University to address racial and economic disparity in our community.

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 a 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.


Click here to learn more about opportunities to incorporate community-engaged learning into your Xavier experience.


Click here to learn more about integrating community-engaged learning into your teaching and scholarship.


Building A Community 

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

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

Profiles of Engaged Learning, Connecting Curriculum and Education
Immersive Learning: Students Dig Into Foods Solutions In Detroit with James Woods