Center for Civic Engagement
The mission of the Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) at the University of Texas at El Paso is to engage faculty and students in the community through community-based teaching and learning in order to enhance student learning, promote civic engagement, and actively improve the El Paso-Cd. Juarez Region.
In its twelve years of operation, the CCE has served as a link that fosters collaboration and partnerships between the university and public schools, nonprofit organizations, and public agencies to address community problems while identifying learning opportunities for UTEP students.
Since 1998, the CCE has been home to numerous students who have been the heart and engine of its operations while successfully engaging over 12,000 UTEP students with over 100 partner agencies and schools. It has also partnered with over 100 university professors from various disciplines in all colleges to reach over 125,000 community members and children, ultimately accruing over 300,000 hours of purposeful service to the community.
In practice, the CCE also manages service-learning programs with various focus areas like domestic violence prevention, adult English, Health, and Citizenship literacy, and college preparedness for youth. As of 2010, it also entered into a strategic partnership with the Nonprofit Enterprise Center, resource center for nonprofits, to better serve the community through technical assistance and capacity-building.
The CCE can be contacted to help facilitate community collaborations, develop academic and service related curriculum and projects, for civic engagement training and education, and other nonprofit organizational needs.