During his inaugural speech in September 2001, Xavier President Michael J. Graham, S.J., posed a challenging idea: “What is the great conversation that might occur between [us] if we found ourselves around a common table? What might we study then, teach then, learn then, research, report and write about then?”
The answers are being realized with the help of James and Delrose Eigel, whose gift to the To See Great Wonders capital campaign funded the creation of the Eigel Center for Community-Engaged Learning. The Eigel Center serves as a catalyst for the efforts of faculty, students, administrators and staff to partner with the broader community to promote student learning and community well-being. It answers the call in the University’s strategic plan for a “community-engaged learning network” by serving as its hub. And, most important, it builds on Xavier’s strong tradition of service by encouraging students to dig deeper to discover the mutual benefits of community engagement.
The Center’s objectives are to coordinate and enhance the University’s community-engagement efforts by focusing on supporting faculty initiatives and participation; promoting new opportunities for student engagement; mobilizing resources to support engagement activities; and helping to manage Xavier’s external partnerships.