Center for Community Engagement

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The mission and purpose of the Center for Community Engagement (CCE) is to engage faculty and students in the area through community-based activities to enhance student learning, promote civic engagement, and actively improve the El Paso-Ciudad Juárez region.

Program Description

Almost 75% of the more than 20,000 University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) students are Hispanic, the majority of them first-generation college students. UTEP is largely a commuter campus, 60% of students attend full-time, and the vast majority of them work full-time or part-time. In this context, engagement in the community is a key ingredient to student success at UTEP, reinforcing classroom instruction with real-world applications and allowing students to recognize the value of their newly acquired skills and education.


Since 2004, 2,462 students have participated in the programs and nearly 80% of participating in CCE are Hispanic.

Over 50 students have participated in a CCE internship, and 100% of the current interns are Hispanic/Latino. 49 out of 50 of these students have graduated or are on-track to graduate. 

More than 86% of students who participated in service-learning agreed or strongly agreed that they understood the link between what they learned in class and what they learned in the community.

More than 75% felt that the experience contributed to their development in leadership, 71.4% believed their self-confidence increased as a result of the experience.

Through the programs, students have contributed nearly 300,000 hours to the community, the equivalent of 24 hours a day and 7 days a week for 34 years and 3 months!