Community Engagement


"I relish the challenge of combining a love of content and children with the sciences of psychology and learning... and through our ongoing engagement with a diverse community school in Hartford, we hone those skills and attitudes necessary to learn and teach well." -Karen Riem, Associate Professor of Teacher Education

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Student Volunteers Needed for Point in Time Count




Become a state certified Sexual Assault Crisis Counselor/Advocate.


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CCSU designated as a Carnegie Community Engagement Institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

The Office of Community Engagement seeks to connect faculty, staff, students and alumni with the surrounding New Britain community. To this end, our office seeks to promote higher level learning and understanding for CCSU students and faculty. Service Learning is a teaching pedagogy which combines course content with solving real world problems. We encourage all CCSU campus community members to find out how they can get involved today!


Featured Project:

jump Start

Jumpstart is a national early education organization that recruits and trains college students and community Corps members to serve preschool children in low-income neighborhoods. Our proven curriculum helps children develop the language and literacy skills they need to be ready for kindergarten, setting them on a path to close the achievement gap before it is too late. Jumpstart Corps members serve 12 hours a week in local early childhood centers, partnered with a small group of children. You can earn your Federal Work-Study and a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award in the process, although Work-Study is not required! Those looking to volunteer with young children are encouraged to apply. Gain valuable skills and experience, earn a scholarship, and make a difference in the life of a child!

For more information and to apply, visit or contact Kyle Pilon at (860) 832-2268 or We are located in the Downtown ITBD Building Room 315, 185 Main St., New Britain, CT 06051.

“Children who aren’t reading well by the end of 3rd grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school, according to a major new study by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Most people don’t realize that elementary school reading is a critical predictor for high school success. Kids are learning to read until 4th grade; after that, they’re reading to learn. Students who don’t read on grade level by then typically don’t catch up.” (United Way)


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Check out CT Campus Compact's information about The Journal of Community Engagement and Higher Education to learn about how to become involved in your community today!

Check out CCSU Connects - The Community Blog of CSU-AAUP



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We invite you join with us on our journey to make Central Connecticut State University a University of Compassion. The essence of compassion is the desire to alleviate the suffering of others and the wish to promote their well-being.



Dr. Carl Lovitt TedX Event: Challenging the Engaged University to Educate Civic Agents


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