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The Center for Community Engagement

Created in the fall of 2016, the Center for Community Engagement is the formal home for all aspects of the curricular and co-curricular service and civic experiences here at Mount Ida.

Student Involvement

Here at Mount Ida, we are committed to providing opportunities for students to become immersed in the local, national, and international community by developing community-based partnerships that address relevant and current societal issues. During the 2015-2016 academic year, Mount Ida students completed over 3,000 hours of service, equating to an economic impact to the community of over $80,000!

Community Partnerships

The community organizations that the Center for Community Engagement partners with are critical not only to the learning process of Mount Ida students, but to solving real societal issues. When community partners collaborate with the Center for Community Engagement, both work to identify the partner’s needs and team up to meet those needs.

Opportunities for Faculty

The Center sponsors Community Engagement Grants for Faculty and supports the Faculty Fellows, who represent each of the four schools and are committed to two years of community engagement within their courses.

Service Learning

Add an additional one-credit service learning option to any course! This opportunity allows students to tie the meaningful service within the community directly to the host course learning objectives.

Executive Director Center for Community Engagement

Heather Gilmour

In addition to her roles as Assistant Professor of Sport Management and the Faculty Director of Community Engagement, Heather Gilmour (Ed.D,) serves as the Executive Director for the Center for Community Engagement. Gilmour came to Mount Ida in the fall of 2014 and immediately made an impact by successfully creating the one-credit service-learning course, which acts as a “lab” that can be added onto a pre-existing three-credit “host” course, with faculty approval. Gilmour has worked to implement civic opportunities into her courses whenever possible, creating partnerships over the last two years with the Food Bank of Fall River, Rosie’s Place, Cradles to Crayons, Birthday Wishes, Boston Public Schools’ Athletic Departments and the Roslindale Community Center. Gilmour also led the Faculty Fellows for Community Engagement initiative, and has organized service-learning trainings for the Fellows, as well as co-led a workshop at this past Summer Institute for all faculty. Gilmour earned her Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration from University of Massachusetts Boston.

Director for Community Engagement

Gregg Grenier

Gregg came to Mount Ida in January of 2015 with extensive experience in community engagement and service-learning, both as a student and professional within the non-profit sector. Gregg earned his B.S. in Marketing from Bentley University, where he also worked at the Bentley Service-Learning Center overseeing 150 community-based work study students that led 1,000 students per year in the community through 95 programs. In addition to being a service-learning student, Gregg has experience as a community partner from when he worked for the American Cancer Society before coming to Mount Ida – partnering with local communities to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for cancer research and programming. Additionally, Gregg has been involved with the Chesterbrook Community Foundation for the past six years in Waltham, currently serving as the Vice President of the Board of Directors. He has a Master’s degree in Higher and Postsecondary Education from Teachers College at Columbia University.

Graduate Fellow for
Community Engagement

Sue Ung

Sue recently graduated from Merrimack College with a Bachelor's degree in environmental science and is continuing at Merrimack for another year to obtain a Master's degree in Community Engagement. In her undergraduate career, Sue was an involved student leader through Relay For Life, the Social Justice Coalition, and she also led service trips through Campus Ministry. Her most recent trip was to Nicaragua where she worked with Mustard Seed Communities, an organization that works with abandoned children with disabilities. As the Graduate Fellow for the Center for Community Engagement, she will be working with the Mustang Service Break program and co-curricular service opportunities.

Campus Compact AmeriCorps*VISTA

Lauren Dybel

Lauren is a recent graduate of William & Mary, where she earned a B.S. in neuroscience and studied public health. While in Virginia, Lauren worked heavily in community engagement and wellness outreach, including developing the university’s Relational Violence Resource Center and its peer health education program. This past summer, Lauren worked with the Civic Education Project to promote service-learning experiences among Chicago-area teens. Over the next year, Lauren will serve as the Campus Compact for Southern New England AmeriCorps*VISTA, building upon Mount Ida’s relationship with the West Roxbury Urban Science Academy, a Boston public high school.

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Civic Engagement

Voter-Friendly Campus

Mount Ida College is now one of 83 campuses in 23 states designated as a “Voter-Friendly Campus.”