The Center supports the Dominican campus community and the community at large in developing projects and partnerships that further the Center’s mission and align with the following principles.
1. Relevance, academic rigor, and connection with Dominican's Institutional Learning Outcomes
Community engagement is germane to course content, required by all students enrolled in the course, and integrated into course goals and student learning outcomes. Course goals respond to one or more of Dominican’s Institutional Learning Outcomes.
2. Community voice and interest
Community engagement activities address community-identified issues and meet course goals. This includes determining a timeframe, a required skill-set for students, and training requirements.
3. Reciprocity between all stakeholders
Dominican and Community Partners develop a shared vision and joint strategies; learn from and teach each other; and, are accountable to each other. Community Partners, as co-educators, participate in evaluating student engagement.
4. Critical reflection
Students continuously analyze their understanding of larger contexts, societal and organizational structures, and civic responsibility.
Evaluation of student, faculty, and community work is embedded in the course or project to measure the progress made towards student learning outcomes and community goals.
6. Dissemination and celebration
All stakeholders are recognized for their contributions. Findings from the course or project are shared with Dominican and the larger community.
Dominican University of California has received the Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in recognition of the University’s exemplary institutional focus on community engagement.