Who is CACE?

You are! The Center for Academic Community Engagement (CACE) is open to all students, faculty, staff, and community organizations.  It is a collaborative effort working together to create partnerships for enhancing student learning & experiences, while filling community needs.

CACE supports faculty and staff who involve their students and community partners in collaborative, impactful work. Service learning, community engagement and community-based research contribute to community well-being and simultaneously enrich students’ course learning. Since its founding in 2010, the Center has facilitated over 40 academically-grounded university-community partnerships.  Service Learning, community engagement and community-based research extend beyond conventional concepts of student community service and volunteerism, instead emphasizing sharing and reciprocity, partnerships, and shared knowledge-making defined by mutual respect among the partners.

Start today and become an active participant in CACE by contacting Donna Chambers, Coordinator of CACE, at 610-396-6332 or [email protected].


CACE connects academics with relevant community service opportunities to engage students in building meaningful relationships with our local, nonprofit community partners to effectuate social change.


Prepare students to become open-minded, global citizens according to the Penn State values of Integrity, Respect, Responsibility, Discovery, Excellence and Community, making the community more equal, fair, and sustainable for everyone.