Civic Engagement


We believe a student experience focused on engaging with and learning from the community prepares students to enter the world beyond Colby as thoughtful leaders and engaged global citizens. The Office of Civic Engagement and Community Partnerships facilitates opportunities for students and faculty to collaborate with Waterville area non-profit organizations, local government, public schools, and businesses on real-world projects that address some of the city’s most pressing challenges. 

The program builds relationships between campus and community through an integrative approach to project-based learning, action research, participatory design, social entrepreneurship, and service that defines the liberal arts experience at Colby and provides students with intellectual and logistical support to participate in society as engaged citizens.  

When we encourage students to live and learn at the intersection of academic work and community involvement, we cultivate an engaged citizenry capable of and dedicated to advancing the common good through critical inquiry and public service.

Academic Civic Engagement 

Colby provides an extraordinary intellectual and creative experience that positions graduates to solve the most vexing issues of our time. Civic Engagement courses enable students to have an impact in the world through intellectual inquiry, engaged scholarship, creative expression, and meaningful partnerships with community stakeholders. 

Through the development of targeted skills and abilities, and forging meaningful relationships with community service organizations Colby students become active learners, leaders, and role models in responding to challenges and opportunities at the local, regional, national, and international levels. The curriculum designs opportunities for Colby students to build civic capacities that complement and strengthen their personal and professional aspirations, and set them apart as leaders in our community and world.  

Co-Curricular Civic Engagement

Creating a campus culture of active citizenship requires opportunities for students to engage in service, civic inquiry, and collaborative problem solving beyond the classroom.  Co-curricular Civic Engagement  initiatives elevate the intellectual challenges Colby offers its students and develops individuals ability to assume leadership roles as students and citizens.  Student initiated projects include dedicated days of service, youth mentorship, and semester programs that foster longterm community partnerships and purposeful reflection, the Office of Civic Engagement and Community Partnerships is a pipeline for students looking to place their education squarely in the context of the real world.