SFU's new Strategic Community Engagement Plan retains the full Carnegie definition of community engagement, and attends to the process and purpose of community engagement as a principled scholarly methodology that can be mobilized for the public good. Rather than present the definition to contain activity at SFU, the Plan intends to moblize it as a support, and even a call to action, for developing principled partnerships upon which to practice meaningful, equitable and impactful knowledge work.
Community engagement describes collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.
The purpose of community engagement is the partnership of college and university knowledge and resources with those of the public and private sectors to enrich scholarship, research and creative activity; enhance curriculum, teaching and learning; prepare educated, engaged citizens; strengthen democratic values and civic responsibility; address critical societal issues; and contribute to the public good.
For more details, check out what is community engagement on the SFU Office of Community Engagement website.