Center for Community Engagement
Here at Mount Ida, we are committed to providing opportunities for students to become immersed in the local, national, and international community by developing community-based partnerships that address relevant and current societal issues. Mount Ida students participate in community engagement activities in a variety of ways inside and outside of the classroom; from student organizations, Mustang Service Breaks, Community Plunge, service-learning, and more.
Opportunities to get involved in the community:
All of Mount Ida’s recognized student organizations partake in at least one community engagement program per semester. Student organizations are encouraged to engage with a community partner that aligns with the mission and vision of their organization.
As a way to introduce our first-year students to the Mount Ida culture of giving back, the Community Plunge offers the newest class an opportunity to experience community engagement firsthand before the Fall Semester begins.
Mustang Service Break (MSB)
The Mustang Service Break program seeks to match students’ interest with community-identified needs by engaging with their peers and communities on a local, regional and national level. There is a Boston-based trip during winter break and two trips during spring break in March.
One-credit service-learning option (SV100)
This one-credit service-learning course can be added to a pre-existing host course, with prior faculty approval, for the completion of 1-2 hours per week of service at a non-profit agency. The course provides an opportunity for students to tie the meaningful service within the community directly to the host course learning objectives. Students can register for up to three service-learning credit options throughout their time at Mount Ida, and must successfully complete the requirements of the host course in order to earn a grade for the service-learning credit. Service-learning credits can be applied as open electives towards the 120 credit graduation requirement.
Students can find these opportunities by exploring the Service Opportunities tab on MiCampus and by contacting Gregg Grenier, Director of Community Engagement, at GGrenier@mountida.edu or 617-928-4547.