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Committed to Community Engagement

Swarthmore has been recognized as a leader in community engagement by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for having “institutionalized community engagement in its identity, culture, and commitments.” In the course of a close examination of how widely the College’s service learning courses are offered, the foundation also sought information about specific community partnerships such as the Chester Children’s Chorus, Chester Children’s Gamelan Project, Crum Creek Watershed Partnership, and College Advancement Program.

Joy Charlton, executive director of the College’s Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility, says: “The Carnegie classification recognizes Swarthmore’s heritage and commitment to social responsibility, the resources it has invested, and the exceptional creativity and energetic responses of students, faculty, administration, and alumni to community issues and needs, as they’ve found them. Swarthmore is particularly well-known for its signature programs now housed in the Lang Center and how our students are encouraged to think in big ways.”

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