Community engagement is one of the distinctive characteristics of a USF education. From a requirement of graduation for all undergraduates to a cornerstone of much faculty scholarship, community engagement is in keeping with mission of Jesuit higher education. USF's Vision 2028 recognizes the importance of the community that is home to the university and calls for an authentic, reciprocal, and mutually beneficial relationship between community and university.
The goals of the Council are to:
- Guide the university’s community engagement activities to be academically rigorous experiences that cultivate mutually enriching relationships with community and embrace diversity
- Serve as a resource to faculty, staff, student, and community partners engaging in academic and co-curricular public service and community-based programs
- Advise the President, Provost, and USF Leadership Team on community-engagement initiatives, decisions, and issues
- Promote programs and events focused on public service, community engagement, and community engaged learning
The University Council for Community Engagement is a vital part of creating, nurturing, and sustaining partnerships between the university and the community.
Since its creation in 2016, the University Council on Community Engagement has been especially interested in supporting the all-around wellness and academic achievement of youth in San Francisco and preparing them for success in college generally and a path to USF particularly.