Community engagement happens when organisations that work for the benefit of our community team up with individuals to build strong relationships and work towards a collective vision that will benefit the community overall.
Students interested in issues often associated with community engagement tend to:
- care about our society and environment,
- think about how things like money, politics and personal/social values are connected, and
- want to get out in the world and do things to help improve the lives and circumstances of others.
Students who involve themselves in community engagement projects challenge stereotypes that portray university students as lazy, self-obsessed, and unreliable. Instead, students who actively engage with their communities present themselves as future leaders who are capable of seeing the bigger picture, understanding how its parts fit together, and are dedicated to working towards making the picture brighter for all.