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Project Pericles®

Empowering colleges and universities to promote civic engagement within higher education

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Project Pericles is a not-for-profit organization that equips colleges and universities to “include social responsibility and participatory citizenship as essential elements of their educational programs” (Project Pericles, Inc., 2016).  The project works alongside a variety of institutions, including Elon University and Macalester College, and “seeks to renew campus wide engagement in the community, promote public scholarship in coursework, and identify and strengthen the civic engagement of academic departments” (Kuh et al., 2010, p. 203).  These curricular and co-curricular initiatives “encourage students to become active, responsible citizens” (Project Pericles, Inc., 2016).  These initiatives has resulted in a variety of sustainable projects in institutions across the nation, and engage students, faculty, and staff to develop students, and are modified to be institution-specific based on the needs and goals of that specific project.

Kuh, G.D., Kinzie, J., Schuh, J.H., Whitt, E.J. & Associates (2010).  Student Success in College:  Creating Conditions that Matter.  San Francisco, CA: Josey-Bass.

Project Pericles, Inc. (2016).  Project Pericles Projects.  Project Pericles Inc..  Retrieved from <>

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I am a graduate student at Messiah College and work as the International Service-Learning Coordinator at the Agape Center for Service-Learning at Messiah College. I am a young professional, eager to develop students in a Student Affairs context.

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Hi Emily, I had an idea but I don't know who to contact at Messiah College:
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