Community Engagement and Service Learning

Office for Community Engagement and Service Learning (OCESL)

community-engagement-and-service-learning.jpgMission:

Developing healthier communities and committed health care professionals through leadership in service and community engagement.

Vision:

Advancing professional commitment to health equity for Mississippi and its residents, through community engagement and service learning.

Core values: CARES

  • Compassion
  • Action
  • Respect
  • Equity
  • Service

Functions

  • The Office for Community Engagement and Service Learning will serve to vet, promote and document community engagement and service learning activities for the institution to ensure they are aligned with the institutional mission.
  • The office will oversee the GiveGab platform for schools, institutional units, faculty and student groups and individuals to document community engagement efforts and service learning activities.
  • The office will serve as a resource for faculty for the development of service learning within the curriculum and for the development of community relationships that further service learning.
  • The office will work with administrators in health care services and educational deans to provide data valued for annual reporting.
  • The office will work to coordinate intra- and inter-agency community engagement activities to maximize resources and benefits while avoiding the duplication of activities.
  • The office will work in partnership with the Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities to serve as a point of contact for community constituents and organizations who seek to engage with the institution for the betterment of the community as it relates to the improvement of the health of Mississippians.
  • The office will work in partnership with the Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities to assist in developing a strategic and targeted effort to address primary health concerns of our population, social determinants of health, health literacy, and health equity for Mississippians.
  • A long-term function of the office will also be to provide resources and support for community engaged interests and activities.