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.

Leadership and Service

The Landis Leadership and Service program offers students the chance to develop their leadership skills through service in three signature areas: Alternative School Break (ASB), MOSAIC (Making our Society an Inclusive Community), and the Pre-Orientation Service Program (POSP).

Our program mission is twofold:

  • Cultivate personal, civic and intellectual growth for students through meaningful and effective service experiences
  • Foster college-community partnerships that contribute to the well-being of the community, both locally and globally

Our program goals:

  • Collaborate with community partners for sustainable relationships
  • Cultivate lifelong social responsibility by developing engaged citizens
  • Develop compassionate student leadership
  • Foster critical thinking and reflection
  • Stimulate awareness and understanding of the community’s strengths and challenges
  • Promote equity in organizations, structures, programs, relationships, and processes

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Our core values

  • DEVELOPMENTAL: Acknowledge that individuals seek a wide range of service opportunities that match their interests and skills.
  • ECOLOGICAL: Address the connectedness of individuals to their community and the world.
  • SUSTAINABLE: Create opportunities with the community for social justice.
  • INTELLECTUAL: Challenge students to reflect critically about service and connect it with their academic pursuits.
  • HOLISTIC: Recognize the synchronistic nature of personal, social, spiritual, cognitive, and affective development.
  • RELATIONAL: Integrate healthy, dynamic, and inclusive relationships

College Mission Statement

In an environment that fosters the free exchange of ideas, Lafayette College seeks to nurture the inquiring mind and to integrate intellectual, social, and personal growth. The College strives to develop students’ critical thinking and verbal communication skills, quantitative reasoning and their capacity for creative endeavors; it encourages students to examine the traditions of their own culture and those of others; to develop systems of values that include an understanding of personal, social, and professional responsibility; and to regard education as an indispensable, lifelong process.

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.