Civic Action Plan

In December 2016 President Bergeron, along with many other Presidents and Chancellors, signed Campus Compact’s 30th Anniversary Statement reaffirming Connecticut College’s commitment to advance civic education. In a parallel process, Connecticut College faculty approved a re-envisioned curriculum, called Connections, that built on the College’s historic strength in integrative liberal education; and the College developed a new strategic plan, Building on Strength, that is guided by the same overarching vision. Within Connections, off-campus learning is based on a set of Global-Local Engagement Guiding Principles and facilitated by our new interdisciplinary hub, the Otto and Fran Walter Commons for Global Study and Engagement.

The Connecticut College Civic Action Plan aligns our Global-Local Engagement principles with the five Campus Compact goals for civic education and action. Our plan leverages existing infrastructure from across campus to promote community-based integrative education, while also proposing new campus and community partnerships. All of these activities are in the service of Connecticut College’s overarching mission to educate students “to put the liberal arts into action as citizens of a global society.”


  • This fall thousands of people in the greater New London region read Hey, Kiddo as part of the One Book One Region of Eastern Connecticut initiative, including all Connecticut College first-year students. Krosoczka visited campus on September 17th for a culminating event, during which he spoke about Hey, Kiddo, his journey to becoming an author and illustrator, and his future plans. In addition to his keynote presentation, Krosoczka gave presentations at area schools, led workshops for Connecticut College students and hosted book signings.
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Newman Fellowship

  • The Newman Civic Fellowship recognizes and supports community-committed students who are change-makers and public problem-solvers at Campus Compact member institutions. The Holleran Center for Community Action supported President Bergeron's nomination of the college's first Fellow, Nifemi Olugbemiga '20 who was selected to participate in this year-long civic leadership recognition and development program in 2019-2020. Assistant Professor of Psychology, Judy Gomez, is serving as Nifemi's faculty mentor for this fellowship. The Holleran Center is asking the Connecticut College community to put forth nominations for the Newman Civic Fellowship by Thursday, October 31, 2019. Campus nominations received by October 31, 2019 will be reviewed by the Holleran Center to determine a list of finalists. Newman Fellow finalists will be submitted to President Bergeron who will make the final selection of the Connecticut College Newman Fellow nominee.