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Community Engagement Center KPI

Community Engagement Center. Established 1997.

The Community Engagement Center (CEC) was formed by faculty, staff, students and community members who wanted to better mobilize the University of NM’s resources and talents towards civic engagement. The CEC’s UNM Service Corps is a collective of 150 university students predominantly from New Mexico. The students participate in long-term civic engagement s in Albuquerque’s lower socio-economic communities. The UNM Service Corps members apprentice with strong community leaders in over 30 community-based organizations. They address critical issues on education, health, economic and community sustainability through direct service and community learning classes.

  • Funders: Kellogg, McCune, Impact, SFRB, Provost, and Local Banks.
  • Current Appropriation: $555,000
  • Target Population: Underserved children, youth, and families in Albuquerque’s marginalized most communities.


Please also include: 3rd semester retention, graduation, course completion, low income graduation, and research.


Tribal Service Corps

  • Develop understanding of Native American social justice issues.
  • Connect to Tribal Leaders to influence policy change.
  • Develop and implement culturally relevant curriculum.
  • Encourage reflection on identity, culture, and sense of self.
  • Value traditional and holistic notions of well being.


  • Understand the social determinants of health and equity.
  • Develop and implement health and nutrition education curriculum.
  • Understand policy implication of food insecurity.
  • Develop understanding of food security issues.
  • Implement health and nutrition curriculum.
  • Understand role of community gardens for community sustainability.

Financial Literacy Service Corps

  • Provide Financial Literacy Class at UNM.
  • Offer dual credit courses in financial literacy for high school youth at UNM.
  • Design, implement, and bring together organizations to provide a series of financial literacy trainings and workshops for families and communities.
  • Connect youth not enrolled in higher education to financial literacy.
  • Develop curriculum for elementary after school programs.


  • Develop a broader sense of literacy through holistic, place-based curriculum.
  • Build bridges to connect communities, families, and schools in meaningful problem-solving.
  • Co-construct community-based service-learning curriculum.
  • Cultivate leadership skills and practices necessary to be effective mentors.
  • Provide theoretical and experiential basis for critical community learning.

Objectives of all CEC programs

  • Connect local and global sociopolitical analysis of environmental sustainability.
  • Engage youth in addressing identified youth issues.
  • Advocate for community.
  • Understand role of media.
  • Use media as a tool for outreach and advocacy.
  • Understand policies in place and its impact on our communities.
  • Organize for policy change.
  • Utilize civic engagement in creating community change.