Connecting campus and community for meaningful change

The Eckerd College St. Pete Center for Civic Engagement and Social Impact gathers the Eckerd community, local government, and neighboring individuals and organizations under one banner to create mutually beneficial research, teaching and service opportunities.

Faculty, students, nonacademic experts and advocates connect through us, receive resources and grants, and collaborate to address real-time problems facing the greater Tampa Bay area.

Eckerd College St. Pete Center for Civic Engagement and Social Impact

Addressing real-time problems

Our programs highlight social issues with wide impacts in four key categories:

  • Advancing human rights, dignity and opportunity
  • Building a productive, equitable and inclusive economy
  • Fostering arts, culture and innovation
  • Promoting environmental resilience, sustainability and justice

Much of this work happens in gardens, boardrooms, city centers and around kitchen tables across the community—not just in classrooms and laboratories.

Connecting your nonprofit or business with a rich learning community to make a positive impact in St. Petersburg.

We offer our neighbors access to our campus and a cohort of civically engaged, intellectually curious, creative problem solvers in exchange for support, service and professional experiences for our students.

ECSPC is home to:

  • An annual lecture series
  • Student volunteers and interns
  • Subject matter experts
  • Targeted project assistance

Eckerd students volunteering locally; photo courtesy St. Pete Youth Farm