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What We Do.

Youth engagement. Access to healthcare. Community development. Careers in the common good.

This is just a glimpse of what civic and community engagement look like in action. At Campus Compact of the Mountain West, programming and support for colleges and universities helps inspire the spark of involvement and service in students. We connect student needs to community needs by empowering students to get involved in social issues where they can make a difference—not only in the lives of others, but in their own growth as students and citizens of the world. We believe that service learning and civic engagment extend learning beyond the walls of the classroom and engage students in meaningful service to their communities. These learning opportunities nourish communities and enrich students’ academic and social experiences.

“Campus Compact promotes community involvement that develops students' citizenship skills and values, encourages partnerships between campuses and communities, and assists faculty who seek to integrate public and community engagement into their teaching and research. As students return to their campuses after these experiences they have additional tools to find success in moving forward as advocates for their own education and community engagement experiences."
- Michael J. Sheeran, S.J. Retired President, Regis University

Who We Are

Campus Compact of the Mountain West is a membership organization of college and university presidents devoted to promoting civic learning. CCMW is part of a national coalition of more than 1100 colleges and universities who are passionately committed to the value service learning and civic engagement brings to higher education and the community. We believe it is one of the most powerful tools to prepare students to be active, committed, and informed leaders and citizens.

Who We Serve

Our role is to serve our membership by coordinating partnerships between campuses and communities, and serving as a resource to help our members, faculty, staff, and students incorporate service learning into their academic pursuits and extend civic engagement across the institution.

CCMW serves three distinct groups:

  • College and university presidents committed to the civic role of higher education
  • Faculty and staff interested in integrating service-learning into their students’ experience via research and curriculum development
  • Students seeking to get involved with and become part of their community


At CCMW, we know that when students get involved in community-based projects, they’re not just building houses, or tutoring kids, or cleaning trails, or registering voters. They’re feeling what it means to be an active member of their community. And in the process, they see there is as much to learn as there is to give.


“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
----Viktor Frankl

From the podium situated at the front of the room to the tables set up in uniform rows to the individuals sitting in identical chairs, speckled throughout, this classroom could be any college classroom across the country.  The stories that emanated from this little, plain room...