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Citadel News Service
6 Nov 2008

The Citadel joins statewide community service organization

The Citadel is proud to announce its membership in the new South Carolina Campus Compact, the only higher education organization committed to helping students develop the knowledge and skills needed to be active, engaged citizens in their local communities, the state, the nation, and the world.

“As a member of South Carolina Campus Compact, we have access to an invaluable support network to share best practices in civic engagement, especially addressing issues that affect low-income communities,” said Chip Taylor, assistant professor of Psychology at The Citadel. “Campus Compact also supports faculty and staff who seek to integrate community into their teaching and research.”

The Department of Psychology and The Citadel’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences are committed to providing students with service-based learning opportunities in the Charleston community such as preparing and serving lunch at Crisis Ministries Soup Kitchen, hosting the annual Buddy Dance for persons with physical and intellectual disabilities, and providing mentorship opportunities for students from local elementary schools.

“Through our work with persons with disabilities, mentorship, and the Crisis Ministries we believe that cadets and graduate students are also afforded opportunities for professional and personal development,” Taylor said.

One way the Campus Compact has been helping campuses involve students in their communities is through a Corporation for National and Community Service grant for an AmeriCorps VISTA program (Volunteers in Service to America), which provides full-time volunteers to develop programs that bring low-income individuals and communities out of poverty. A wide-range of projects, from coordinating service for student groups to supporting faculty who teach service-learning courses, is offered.

For more about South Carolina Campus Compact visit the website at http://sccc.edublogs.org.
For more information contact Dr. Chip Taylor in the Department of Psychology at 843.953.5320 or through email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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