Message from the Executive Director, Mission and Vision

Message from the Executive Director


Dear Colleagues:

Merydawilda Colon Picture

This marks my sixth year at the Stockton Center for Community Engagement. This year we experienced important events that marked the trajectory of our Center.

We worked on the reorganization of the Stockton Center for Community Engagement (SCCE) and the Office of Service-Learning (OSL) with the support of the administration, the advisory council, and our stakeholders. During the process, we focused our attention on the standards that have led to the success of both the SCCE and OSL and maintained our offices’ credibility with community partners, students, faculty, and staff. We also reflected on best practices and our role in providing students opportunities to engage in high impact experiences and for faculty and staff to connect with community partners. The reorganization of the SCCE and the OSL was effective on July 1, 2020 and we became the Stockton Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning.

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching recognized our institutional commitment to the community and selected Stockton to receive the 2020 Carnegie Community Engagement Classification. This is the second time that Stockton receives this recognition. Our institution is one of 243 institutions that now hold the Elective Carnegie Community Engagement Classification.

We faced the impact of the challenges and opportunities that the COVID-19 mitigation measures brought us. Through it, the strengths of the staff, our faculty and student fellows, and the SCCE’s credibility with our community partners led us to adapt and offer virtual homework assistance and Naturalization classes.

Throughout our website, and in our Annual Reports and Newsletters, you will read about the work of the remarkable staff, faculty, and student leaders who tirelessly dedicated their efforts to sustain homework assistance, older adult initiatives, anti-hunger initiatives, the Naturalization class in Atlantic City and on Zoom, the English Learner’s programs, and many, many more. Clicking on our "Assessment" link will allow you to read about the outcome of our virtual endeavors.

We look forward to another year of working with our internal and external community and continuing to create mutually beneficial relationships which maximize the resources of all stakeholders.


Merydawilda Colón, LSW, PhD

Executive Director, Stockton Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning

and Tenured Professor of Social Work



  • Community Engagement co-sponsors programs in the community, opens doors and creates connections for new and improved collaborations, maximizes resources to maintain and establish mutually beneficial relationships with the community, and assists our internal and external partners with research activities to deepen the scholarship of engagement.
  • Service-Learning is a pathway for social change through community-based learning, via curricular/co-curricular opportunities, sustaining civic engagement, enhancing reciprocal community partnerships, fostering civic and social agency, and exploring experiences through critical reflection.



  • The Stockton Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning promotes the ideals of public service and social responsibility, and serves the public good.


Stockton University is a Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement Designated Campus


Community engagement describes the collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.

The purpose of community engagement is the partnership of college and university knowledge and resources with those of the public and private sectors to enrich scholarship, research, and creative activity; enhance curriculum, teaching and learning; prepare educated, engaged citizens; strengthen democratic values and civic responsibility; address critical societal issues; and contribute to the public good.”


Link to Carnegie Foundation