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  • Freedom Rings Partnership

    More than 40 percent of Philadelphia residents do not have Internet access—a prerequisite to being an informed and engaged citizen in the digital age.

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  • Drexel-PECO Community Education Collaborative

    Drexel and PECO Energy share the belief that improved educational options are essential to neighborhoods that work for families.

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  • weServe

    Civic engagement at Drexel is both local and global, academic and service-oriented. The weServe program brings all these elements together.

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  • An Outdoor Oasis at Mantua Presbyterian Apartments

    Drexel students and a group of sponsoring University offices partnered with Presby’s Inspired Life to build an urban garden, called the “Healthy Outdoor Garden Oasis”.

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Civic Engagement

Meeting the Challenges Faced by Neighborhoods, the Region, and Society

Drexel is committed to becoming “the most civically engaged university in the United States,” according to President John A. Fry.

The University supports engagement along three dimensions: research and academic programs that directly benefit communities, public service by students and faculty, and business practices that support local and regional economic development. Drexel’s engagement is long-term and multi-generational, and is fundamental to the University’s mission, heritage and future.

The effort begins with Drexel’s transformative commitment to Powelton Village and Mantua, the neighborhoods alongside its University City Campus. Drexel’s future and the future of its neighbors are inexorably linked. And civic engagement not only unites neighborhoods, it educates students in problem solving, understanding diversity, good citizenship, and leadership. Drexel is solving real problems and making a difference in the lives of our students and our neighbors.

In 2009, the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities named Drexel one of the top 10 institutions for community service in its report, “Saviors of Our Cities: Survey of Best College and University Civic Partnerships.”

Learn More at the Office of University and Community Partnerships website.