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Community Engagement

Letter from the President


Community engagement is a pillar of Concordia University's vision, now and into the future, and I'm honored to share this inaugural report with you.

We are truly blessed to have so many outstanding nonprofit partners in this community. It is a privilege every day for our Concordia students, administrators, faculty, and staff to collaborate with you in service, responding to needs in the community.

In some instances we help incubate efforts, like those of the Black Parent Initiative's Parent University program. Other times, we enhance and multiply community efforts by infusing Faubion School and other Portland Public Schools with volunteers, through our ever-expanding Service Corps, including Teacher Corps, Athlete Corps, Green Corps, Health Corps and Performing Arts Corps.

We are also engaged in shaping regional policy and priorities to address community needs, through our recent roles on the Mayor's Education Cabinet, the Leaders Roundtable, the Cradle to Career initiative, and through the Oregon Campus Compact, which promotes community service at campuses across the state.

We are committed to this work because it's the right thing to do for our community and for our students. Serving our neighbors – near and far – is the perfect calling for Concordia University where our mission is to prepare leaders for the transformation of society. We believe our graduates – with their rigorous liberal arts education and hands-on service learning experiences – will be well prepared to make the world a better place.

What's certain is that we are committed to continuing to evolve and expand what it means to create a culture of service – both on campus, locally and around the world. If it's good for the community, it's good for Concordia University. Thank you for joining us on this journey.

Charles E. Schlimpert, Ph.D.