The Office of Community Engagement (OCE) will promote the education of students through engaged citizenship, including participation in their communities and social responsibility. 

The OCE will promote an atmosphere of learning and critical reflection by providing students opportunities for civic participation, volunteerism, awareness, advocacy, and community involvement. 

In doing so, the OCE will support collaboration between the College and the larger community for a mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.

Partnering Programs, Initiatives & Special Recognitions

National & Pennsylvania Campus Compact

Washington & Jefferson College is a proud member of Pennsylvania Campus Compact and National Campus Compact. Campus Compact is a leader in building civic engagement into campus and academic life with offices in 35 states, 7 million students and over 1200 public and private two- and four-year member colleges and universities across the nation.

PACC is a statewide membership organization of college and university presidents committed to advancing civic engagement. The membership is comprised of 70 institutions including community colleges, private/liberal arts colleges, members of the State System for Higher Education and the Penn State System. 

NASPA’s Lead Initiative on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (Lead Initiative) 

NASPA's Lead Initiative comprises a network of 92 NASPA member colleges and universities committed to encouraging and highlighting the work of student affairs in making civic learning and democratic engagement a part of every student’s college education.

W&J College is a proud participant in this initiative.

For more information, visit or see our campus article here about our most recent selection as a Lead Advisory Institution. 

The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

Washington & Jefferson College was admitted to the 2015 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. To be named to the Honor Roll, a school must demonstrate that its students, faculty and staff are engaged in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community.

Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors, including the scope and innovation of service projects, the extent to which service-learning is embedded in the curriculum, the school’s commitment to long-term campus-community partnerships, and measurable community outcomes as a result of service.

W&J was also named to the President's Honor Roll in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 & 2015. Recognition is still pending for 2016.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh

W&J partners with the Washington, PA office of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh for a site based program with local schools and W&J student serve as mentors in the site-based programs.

BBBS of Greater Pittsburgh named Washington & Jefferson College a BIG Community Partner of the Year in 2013 at the 4th Annual Celebrate Coalition Awards in Pittsburgh.