Commitment to Community
Housed within the Division of Academic Affairs, the CSIE program grew from the collaborative efforts of the Office of Academic Service-Learning and EMU First-year Programs. The idea was to expand and enhance the academic and co-curricular experiences of EMU students in mutually beneficial relationships with local community partners. In its mission statement, Eastern Michigan University describes how programs like CSIE help serve the university and the greater community.
Eastern Michigan University Mission Statement
"Eastern Michigan University is committed to excellence in teaching, the extension of knowledge through basic and applied research, and creative and artistic expression. Building on a proud tradition of national leadership in the preparation of teachers, we maximize educational opportunities and personal and professional growth for students from diverse backgrounds through an array of baccalaureate, master's and doctoral programs. We provide a student focused learning environment that positively affects the lives of students and the community. We extend our commitment beyond the campus boundaries to the wider community through service initiatives and partnerships of mutual interest addressing local, regional, national and international opportunities and challenges."