SUNY Fredonia Creates Community Center
In 2010, SUNY Fredonia created the Fredonia Academic Community Engagement (FACE) Center, to evolve its volunteer efforts into more strategic, long-lasting and meaningful experiences for both students and community members.
Civic engagement, sustainability, service learning and community-based research are the four pillars that comprise the FACE Center, whose overall mission is to promote greater collaboration between the campus and community. Pooling them under the new FACE Center banner strengthens their interconnectedness without compromising the ability of each to make specific contributions that respond to specific needs.
Most FACE initiatives will be arranged so students can earn academic credit. The FACE Center also allows SUNY Fredonia to explore the addition of the Community Engagement elective classification that recognizes collaboration between universities and their surrounding communities.