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Center for Community Engagement and Leadership

The Center for Community Engagement and Leadership (CCEL) focuses on promoting and encouraging engaged and experiential learning by providing opportunities and serving as a resource for students, faculty, and community members to work together in and out of the classroom.

A major initiative of the CCEL is the work done by the Center for Civic Engagement and Project Pericles. The CCEL also works closely with the College’s Office of Career and Life Planning, the Office of Student Involvement, the First-Year program, and the Concord Center. In addition, the CCEL works with individual faculty planning study away and service learning trips.

The Center for Civic Engagement

The Center for Civic Engagement focuses on broadening and deepening traditional civic engagement through:

  • NEC’s  Town Hall Series which organizes and hosts U.S. presidential candidates, campaign leaders and elected officials
  • The Speaker Series which hosts a variety of high profile speakers as well as election debates, and
  • To coincide with the presidential primary, the  New Hampshire Primary Student Convention, in which college students from across the country meet for a week and enjoy access to presidential candidates, campaign staff, political experts and media.
  • CiviCorps also provides an opportunity for students to take an active role and organizing and supporting the Center’s civic engagement activities.

Learn more about the Center for Civic Engagement

Project Pericles

Project Pericles is a national organization committed to civic and social engagement based on knowledge of the principles and history of American democracy. As one of the ten founding Colleges, New England College is proud to be associated with this project and with the founder, Eugene Lang. Today, there are thirty Periclean colleges and universities. NEC’s Pericles program has two essential aspects – a theoretical, knowledge-based aspect, and a civic engagement aspect, in which students become personally involved in civic and socially responsible service.


Wayne Lesperance, Provost
Raelyn Viti, Associate Professor of Outdoor Education

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