Institute for Civic and Community Engagement

The Institute for Civic and Community Engagement provides leadership, expands the University’s community and civic engagement efforts, and establishes a platform for transformational and lasting change throughout our region.


The Institute for Civic and Community Engagement coordinates the Fannie & Sam Constantino First-Generation Scholarship, the Service Scholars program, Community-Engaged Learning courses, and the Center for Nonprofit Leadership.

The University is committed to serving as an anchor institution in our greater Rochester community by engaging in purposeful and mutually beneficial partnerships to develop enriched learning opportunities. Aligned with its vision and mission, the Institute builds on community relationships and reciprocity to guide the University’s efforts for community engagement.


The Institute for Civic and Community Engagement is a community of St. John Fisher University students, faculty, and staff members who partner with community leaders and organizations to strengthen the assets of the Greater Rochester community while providing transformative learning experiences at Fisher.

We are student-centered, resident-focused, and data-driven. Through collaboration, we collectively pursue projects, programs, and research that aim to make measurable and sustainable impact in our region with an emphasis on civic education to empower our campus community members with the knowledge, skills, values, and motivation required to make that difference.


We strive to address social inequities by developing reciprocally beneficial partnerships and align the University's expertise and resources with shared goals in intentional and meaningful ways. We aspire to become a recognized higher education leader and point of access for the latest research, best practices, and evidence-based programs in civic learning, community engagement, and social innovation.