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Carnegie Classification Designee Carnegie Classification Designee - HWS Colleges was one of the 28 baccalaureate colleges selected for the 2010 Community Engagement Classification designation by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The HWS designation was renewed in 2020.

President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll: awarded by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service- learning and civic engagement.

Washington Monthly Annually, students contribute over 80,000 hours of service and engagement to local, national, and international communities and generate approximately $110,000.00 in fundraising efforts that are directed to local, national, and international non-profit organizations. In 2017 and 2018, HWS was ranked the #1 liberal arts institution for service by the Washington Monthly.
The National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE)


Mission Statement: The Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning stands for learning through service that produces students who are civically engaged and graduates who are active, global citizens.

Vision Statement: A sustained, engaged relationship with the community through the Geneva Partnership that promotes positive community change and enhanced student learning.

How to Get Involved: Compass

Pillars: How to Get Involved

Step 1: Community Service

Paint a room. Plant a community garden. Clean a beach. Meet new friends while working in the community. See how personally rewarding it is to help others. Start seeing the connections between community service and your academic interests.

Step 2: Civic Engagement

Spend spring break serving in another community. Become an America Reads tutor. Take a course with a service-learning component. Apply what you are learning at HWS in Geneva, across the country or around the world.

Step 3: Civic Leadership

Work with an adviser on a community-based research project. Lead students as an America Reads or America Counts Coordinator. Volunteer as a board member in a community organization. Discover how to pursue your ideas and interests while leading others toward a common goal.

Step 4: Engaged Citizenship

Lead change. Rally for a cause. Become an activist. Join AmeriCorps. Vote. Get involved in government. Be a mentor. Determine what needs to be accomplished and then do it. Find your place in the world – as a citizen, humanitarian and leader.

CCESL Civic Leader Learning Goals

We seek to support and guide all our CCESL Civic Leaders throughout their time at HWS, so that they will be able to:

  • support a constructive team climate for accomplishing service activities
  • articulate the goals of the Compass program to their peers
  • lead and support their peers’ civic engagement efforts in the Geneva and Finger Lakes communities
  • identify and communicate some of the challenges/opportunities for the Geneva community
  • draw upon collective service experiences to imagine creative solutions to community challenges
  • develop capacity to collaborate with community members to solve problems
  • articulate insight into their own cultural rules and biases about power, privilege, and service
  • appraise possible career options through the lens of their experience in the Compass program

Please refer to the links in the left-hand column to gain further information about the Center's programs and offerings.


Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning
Trinity Hall
Geneva, NY 14456

Phone: (315) 781-3825

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Geneva 2030

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Kathleen Flowers


Peter Budmen '15, MAT'16
Assistant Director

Peter Budmen

Alexander Cottrell
Program Assistant

Alexander Cottrell

Craig Talmage
CCESL Faculty Adviser and Liaison

Craig Talmage

Karen Fahy
Geneva 2030 Director

Karen Fahy


Details and Contact Information (PDF)

Save the Dates - Community Engagement Opportunities for 2021-2022 (PDF)


Geneva 2020

HWS Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Rochester ACT Report

Preparing Students to Lead Lives of Consequence.