About CCCS

Center for Community and Culture Studies

Established in 2011, The Center for Community and Culture Studies (CCCS) was created to promote and encourage free and open discourse and research concerning the following critical/cultural themes:  Leadership and Ethics, Advocacy and Social Justice, Health and Wellness and Arts in the Community.

Vision

To aid in implementing the vision of the College: Changing Lives; Making Indiana Great.

Mission

To foster community engagement, service learning and multicultural literacy through encouragement of free and open discourse concerning the following critical/cultural themes:  Leadership and Ethics, Advocacy and Civic Engagement, Health and Wellness and Arts in the Community.

Purpose

The purpose of the CCCS Speaker Series is to add intellectual richness through dialogue to the student, faculty and staff experience and foster the development of the following three (3) key areas:

Community Engagement

Community Engagement is the active participation of students, faculty and staff in the discourse and construction of public life in an organized and informed manner where such participation supports the common good of the community and the institutional mission of Ivy Tech Community College.  Given the College’s role as a primary steward of community education and organizational citizen of the state of Indiana, Community Engagement incorporates volunteerism, community service and the development of public dialogue to promote inquiry concerning the challenges facing the state of Indiana and its residents.

Service Learning

Service-learning is an active learning experience formally incorporated in the curriculum of each academic program in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences.  It combines the scholarly development of critical and analytical skills found in “traditional” Liberal Arts and Science courses with applied, experiential learning. In addition, Service Learning allows students to engage in evaluation, reflection and gain a unique understanding of civic responsibility.

Multicultural Literacy

Enhancing multicultural literacy of Ivy Tech students, faculty and staff is critical to the success of building an engaged and globally competitive workforce to meet the challenges that face our campus community, our neighborhoods, our state and the 21st century global community. Promoting intercultural communication competence and multicultural literacy through exposure to numerous culturally significant forms and ideas is an integral component of realizing success in diverse communities and participating in the global marketplace of ideas.

The Center for Community and Culture Studies is directed on a two (2) year rotating basis by a Center Senior Fellow, who is a full-time member of the Ivy Tech-Indianapolis School of Liberal Arts and Sciences Faculty and guided by an Advisory Committee consisting of the Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences and three (3) members of faculty and staff from across SLAS.

Goals of the Center for Community and Culture Studies Speaker Series

       Goal One:  Support the development of community engagement, service learning and multicultural literacy amongst students, faculty and staff.

       Goal Two: Encourage student, faculty and staff participation in community engagement, service learning and cultural literacy activities.

       Goal Three: Use the institutional resources of Ivy Tech to promote community engagement, service learning and the development of ethical community leadership, community advocacy, health and wellness awareness and multicultural literacy by fostering citizens who will make positive contributions to local, national and global society.

       Goal Four: Promote community engagement, service learning and multicultural literacy successes for community awareness and future resource development.

       Goal Five: Foster knowledge and understanding of community engagement, service learning and multicultural literacy amongst our campus community and share our knowledge and experiences with other academic entities.

The CCCS Speaker Series shall be guided by four (4) themes that align with the College’s commitment to lifelong learning and enhancing the lives of Ivy Tech students, faculty and staff as well as the communities we serve. The themes are as follows:

Leadership and Ethics

Advocacy and Civic Engagement

Health and Wellness in the Community

Arts in the Community