Established on October 19, 2018, the Landis Center for Community Engagement is built on the foundation of the former Landis Community Outreach Center. The Community Outreach Center was named on June 5, 1999 in recognition of a generous gift by John W. Landis, class of 1939 and his wife, Muriel T.S. Landis. Historically, the Landis Community Outreach Center focused on developing student leadership through on-going service initiatives and building sustainable partnerships with community organizations. The Center for Community Engagement was established in the Fall of 2013 based on the recommendations presented in a 2008-2009 Center for Community-Based Learning, Research and Service proposal. The Center provided formal administrative support and resources to faculty whose courses include a community-based learning and research component, and promoted community engagement as a legitimate pedagogical practice. Expanding community engagement to include community-based learning and research also enhanced and strengthened student learning by providing opportunities for practical application of theoretical concepts outside the classroom. Consistent with our College mission, Lafayette’s Landis Center for Community Engagement coordinates curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular opportunities for students. Our commitment to these opportunities is reflected in the development of our three areas of focus: Community-Based Learning and Research, Leadership and Service, and Volunteerism.

Quick Facts

  • The Landis Center for Community Engagement was named for John W. Landis ’39 in June 1999.
  • Volunteers logged 13,922 hours in 2016-2017 through the Landis Leadership and Service Program.
  • The Holiday Helpers program collects more than 300 gifts valued at $15,600 annually.
  • More than 60 America Reads tutors work with children in elementary schools to improve reading and math skills.