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Fitz Center for Leadership in Community

Carnegie Community Engagement Classification

The University of Dayton received the Carnegie Community Engagement Elective Classification in 2015 and is currently in the process of reclassifying. UD is one of 357 institutions that hold this classification. 

Importance of the Carnegie Classification: The highest standard of community engagement a campus can have to show they do it well. The Carnegie Reclassification process is about a self-study of community engagement on your campus and how to better the work. The application shows how the field of community engagement is moving forward and where our campuses need to go to keep doing the work better and more intentionally.

The campus-wide team helping with this effort is led by Samantha Kennedy and supported by Nancy McHugh. Other members include:

  • Margie Pinnell (Faculty, Engineering)
  • Amy Lopez Matthews (Executive Director, Center for Student Involvement) 
  • Justin Keen (Director of Assessment and Student-Centered Analytics, LTC) 
  • Karen Velasquez Lovett (Director of Experiential Learning, OEL)
  • Vince Lewis (Associate Vice President, Entrepreneurial Initiatives Executive Director, LW Crotty Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership President, The Hub Powered by PNC Bank)
  • Denise James (Associate Dean for Assessment and Program Review, CAS)
  • Graham Hunter (Assistant Professor, Higher Education and Student Affairs, Faculty SEHS)
  • Andrea Seielstad (Professor of Law, Law School)
  • Meaghan Crowley (Coordinator of Community Engagement, Center for Social Concern)

Carnegie Classification application information

The Application for the 2026 reclassification will be out in January 2024, and due in April 2025. The committee has been working diligently and has made progress in the following areas of priority:

  • Institutional Definition
  • Curricular Tracking and creation of the CEL tag
  • Assessment: Shared learning outcomes in co-curricular programs (civic attitude, asset based thinking, community building) 
  • Community Partner Survey 
  • Office of Experiential data gathering and coding for CEL and conducting an Ethnographic study of CEL
  • MSL Data and CECC survey 
  • Student module for training on community engagement 
  • Anchor Learning Network Initiatives 
  • GivePulse Tracking


Community Engagement at Fitz Center

1401 S. Main Street
Dayton, Ohio 45409