“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 own hopes, our own dreams, our own work. Why not just teach our classes, study our books, write our papers, pray our prayers 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)
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.
- 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.
Students and Faculty
Learn about opportunities to incorporate community-engaged learning into your Xavier experience.
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.