Community engagement

ACU defines ‘community engagement’ as activities that build capacity and affirm human dignity through sustainable and reciprocal collaborations with communities who experience disadvantage or marginalisation.

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Student Community Engagement

When you study at ACU, you’ll have an opportunity to participate in a community engagement activity as part of our Core Curriculum. It’s a unique and crucial part of our undergraduate courses that connects classwork to community action for an invaluable learning experience in service to the common good.

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Staff Community Engagement

As a staff member of ACU you can share your knowledge, expertise and skill by applying for Community Engagement Time Release to participate in approved community engagement activities that make a valuable and respectful contribution to community that is also feasible and meaningful to you.

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Community Giving at ACU 

Community giving is more than charity. It allows us to contribute to the common good through building ongoing relationships with external organisations that work with those experiencing disadvantage or marginalisation. Browse giving opportunities and see what's needed in your community.

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At ACU we value community engagement as a key means of advancing our mission in serving the common good and enhancing the dignity and wellbeing of people and communities. It is integral to our teaching, learning and research. ACU has a nationwide network of over 35000 students and 2000 staff, some of whom could bring capacity to your organisations efforts in supporting those who experience disadvantage or marginalisation.

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Stakeholder Engaged Scholarship Unit (SESU)

The SESU provides scholarly expertise and research assistance to organisations working in areas that are central to ACU’s Mission and ethos as a Catholic university. Through the facilitation of partner-initiated research projects, we can help inform, shape, evaluate and develop your programs and services.

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Our programs

Get a snapshot of recent programs formed in collaboration with our community partners, from sports programs in Queensland to homework clubs in Victoria.

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ACU Engagement

Meet the ACU Engagement team, find out how to contact us, and learn more about our mission to provide meaningful engagement opportunities.

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Campus Ministry

Our teams work to build an inclusive student community and encourage you to see the world in new and different ways.

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Our Mission and values

Discover our commitment to the pursuit of knowledge, the dignity of the human person, and the common good.

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Research engagement

ACU research engages communities, government, industry and the non-for-profit-sector to create real and sustainable impacts.

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Discover the Core Curriculum

See the world in new ways with our Core Curriculum, designed to give you the time to reflect on how to improve your world. 

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