Welcome to the Center for Community Engagement

About Us

ʻAʻohe pau ka ʻike i ka hālau hoʻokahi.
One learns from many sources.

The Center for Community Engagement (CCE) at UH Hilo creates and sustains opportunities for community-engaged teaching and learning. Our primary mission is to integrate community-based projects into course curriculum, creating opportunities for students to learn through the application of knowledge to authentic, meaningful and relevant local issues. These activities increase students’ sense of purpose, engagement and belonging to UH Hilo and the broader community. By understanding how education and research can be responsive to community needs, the CCE contributes to the university’s role in building a healthy, vibrant community for all.

A woman sits on a tree-trunk chair at the base of Waipiʻo Valley

Group photo of 12 Bonners

Bonner Leader Program

E lawe i ke aʻo a mālama, a e ʻoi mau ka naʻauao.
Those who take their learnings and apply them increase their knowledge.

The CCE is excited to enter its third year of the Bonner Leader Program, a 4-year student leadership program grounded in community engagement.

Faculty & Staff Resources

Learning is not the product of teaching. Learning is the product of the activity of learners.
— John Holt

The CCE offers workshops and communities of practice for faculty and staff interested in deepening their knowledge and implementation of practices grounded in community, equity and relationships.

Faculty and Staff working at a table in front of the ocean

A participant stands and shares at a meeting in the Tseng Terrace

Community Resources

Innovation is what occurs when there is a collision of differences in a culture of trust.
— Stephen Covey

The Center for Community Engagement works to build reciprocal relationships with our community partners in multiple ways: building capacity for co-created community-engaged projects that address authentic community issues, maintaining a searchable database of community-engaged projects, and hosting an annual community partner fair.

Contact Us

(808) 932-7830


(808) 932-7831

Portable Building 2


Email us

Or visit us on the UH Hilo Campus in PB-2.