Project Pericles Promotes Civic Engagement on 22 Campuses

November 24, 2006

Ten years ago, renowned philanthropist Eugene M. Lang founded Project Pericles Inc. in New York, to help ensure that student volunteer work linked to their educational focus, to ensure they became responsible and engaged lifelong citizens. Lang challenged college presidents to work together to improve their colleges' community-service programs, and to make civic involvement a part of the curriculum in every department. "Periclean" colleges must appoint a program director who reports directly to the college president, create a subcommittee on the board of trustees that oversees the effort, and establish a campus Pericles program with clear objectives for student, faculty and staff involvement. Chronicle of Higher Education (requires subscription)