Bates Community Liaison Program

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Community Liaisons lead student clubs and athletic teams in community-engaged work. Using an assets-based approach to the off-campus community, Community Liaisons develop activities, programs, and partnerships designed to encourage civic learning and action among their peers. The Community Liaison Program was uninamously endorsed by the Bates College Student Government (BCSG) in 2013. It is supported by the Harward Center for Community Partnerships and the Office of Campus Life.

What are some resources for Community Liaisons?

  • Staff at the Harward Center for Community Partnerships are available to provide information about prospective and ongoing community projects and partners; capacity-building trainings, workshops, and reflection opportunities; and information and consultations about program funding and evaluation.
  • Community Liaisons may apply for modest funding to support community-engaged activities.  Proposals should be submitted two weeks prior to the scheduled activity.  Click here to access the application form.
  • All activities organized or supported by Community Liaisons should be recorded and evaluated at their conclusion using this simple form.
  • A Community Liaison listserv is used to communicate information and as an avenue for collaboration and consultation with each other and with the committee that reviews programs/allocate funds.
  • Campus Life Office
  • Bates College Student Government

Who is a Community Liaison?

Similar to the traditional executive board positions in a student organization (president, vice president, treasurer, secretary), each student club and athletic team elects, selects, or appoints a Community Liaison who serves for the duration of an academic year. The Community Liaison is primarily responsible to his or her club or team but also works with and is resourced by the Harward Center for Community Partnerships and the Office of Campus Life.

What is the Community Liaison position? Community Liaisons are student leaders who:

  • Educate their club/team about the unique character, assets, and needs of the local community
  • Mobilize club/team members to participate in or host at least one civic effort per year that utilizes the strengths or interests of the club/organization
  • Build their skills through a number of optional trainings and workshops coordinated by the Harward Center
  • Help club/team members access grant programs, leadership development opportunities, community events, and other benefits relevant to their current work and future careers

How does the Community Liaison position fit into the mission statement of BCSG and Bates in general?

  • The cultivation of “informed civic action” is central to the mission of the College. As such it belongs to all members of the Bates community.
  • Student clubs and organizations are a fantastic resource for the civic mobilization, growth, and leadership development of Bates students and for strengthening college-community relations.

Interested in learning more about the Community Liaison position?

Contact: Brenna Callahan, Civic Leadership Fellow (bcallaha@bates.edu) or Darby Ray, Director, Harward Center for Community Partnerships (dray3@bates.edu) for more information!