In the end there are only two possible attitudes which Christians can adopt toward the world. One is escape and the other engagement. —Rev. John Stott, theologian
The Office of Community Engagement creates, coordinates, and supports programs of service-learning and community outreach, furthering the mission of Gordon College "to graduate men and women distinguished by intellectual maturity and Christian character, committed to a lifestyle of service, and prepared for leadership roles worldwide."
Students, faculty, and staff work within mutually beneficial community-based partnerships, the majority of which are based in Lynn, but also across the North Shore and greater Boston area. OCE seeks to foster healthy neighboring communities while developing faithful student leaders through guided civic engagement. Come by and see us in Lane 301!
|The Office of Community Engagement includes:|
Outreach Teams (OT)
Outreach Teams are student-led volunteer teams serving in communities from Boston to the North Shore. The number of teams depends upon student initiative. Opportunities include working with children and youth, arts, community gardening, the elderly, people with special needs and the homeless. To inquire about any of these teams or to start a new team, please contact Stephanie Marienau Turpin in the Office of Community Engagement, Lane 301.
Gordon in Lynn (GIL)
Gordon in Lynn focuses on weekly academically-based service-learning (ABSL) opportunities, primarily through the freshman Great Conversation service-learning classes. In addition, GIL continues to expand its ABSL work with faculty and students in upper-level classes through various contextual research projects, experiential learning opportunities and internships. Please contact Val Buchanan for more information.
College Bound is an educational/enrichment program for children from Lynn’s Curwin Circle, a subsidized housing development. Gordon students tutor and mentor children from kindergarten through middle school. College Bound partners with the national federal work-study program, America Reads, and is administered through Gordon in Lynn and Student Employment. Please contact Stephanie Marienau Turpin for more information.
Advocacy and Awareness
OCE supports students, faculty, and staff engaging in social justice causes though raising awareness and advocacy efforts. This could include hosting speakers, discussions, concerts, films, or one-time service-projects. Please contact Stephanie Marienau Turpin for more information.