Higher education has an historic commitment to promote the public good. Aligned with Wagner College’s Plan for the Practical Liberal Arts, the mission of the Center for Leadership and Community Engagement is to serve as an intellectual, practical, and ethical resource, connecting the Wagner College campus community with institutional and organizational partners on Staten Island and beyond, which share our commitment to confronting complex social, economic, and political issues through democratic engagement.



  • We believe that learning from experience is not automatic. It must be accompanied by time and space for both individual and group reflection. Looking back at what has been experienced, assessing its  impact, weighing the benefits, and considering how power dynamics affect the outcomes are all keys to effective engagement with our communities. Reflective practice is a foundation for self-development and a catalyst for community.

  • At the Center, we believe that everyone can be a leader and that being a follower is also one important side of leadership. We therefore seek to provide all community members with multiple opportunities  to guide new initiatives and advocate for positive change, while also recognizing that leaders cannot be effective without followers.

  • Working together for the common good is the end that community building  seeks to serve. It entails close listening, constructive dialogue, respectful expression of our differences, and an ongoing search for common ground. It is the basis for effective and sustainable community renewal.

  • Setting aside space to consider different ways of understanding meaning and purpose in life and to explore how our search for a calling can help us to identify and actualize our ultimate life purpose.

  • This value affirms that we have an obligation to be helpful to others and use our knowledge to ensure that all people, without exception, enjoy access to the resources they need to develop themselves as fully as possible.

  • Appreciating the value of hearing everyone’s voice and basing decisions and actions on consulting widely with  others, while also recognizing the importance of being an active participant in supporting and advocating for important social issues.

  • Recognizing, understanding, and appreciating people across multiple differences, including race, religion, socio-economic status, gender, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, and age, and ensuring that all Wagner members have a variety of college and community-based experiences.

"The time is always right
to do what is right"

- Martin Luther King Jr.
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