Wilkes University

Civic Engagement

Civic Engagement
Community Service

We stress personal independence at Wilkes, but we also stress personal responsibility.

A liberal arts education teaches students to look at the world as a whole, to begin making connections between things like interpersonal conflict and international relations, between education and poverty, between thinking about themselves to thinking about the "me in context."

  • As members of the Wilkes family, we encourage students to participate in community service.
  • Every year, Wilkes students contribute more than 29,000 hours of service in 100 local agencies and programs. 
  • Giving of your time and energy is a great way to gain perspective and learn something about life.

WNEP News Story - Orientation 2016Incoming Wilkes Freshmen Volunteer in the Community

WNEP-TV | June 27, 2016

"The start to the next college school year is still two months away, but droves of freshmen from Wilkes University are already in town."

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Wilkes University Earns Place on National Honor Roll for Community Service

Wilkes University was named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This designation is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement.

“Congratulations to Wilkes University its faculty and students for its commitment to service, both in and out of the classroom,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of CNCS. “Through its work, institutions of higher education are helping improve their local communities and create a new generation of leaders by challenging students to go beyond the traditional college experience and solve local challenges.”


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