Student Engagement

The McLean Institute’s mission to the University of Mississippi and other campus partners is rooted in the University’s UM2020 Strategic Plan, which outlines the Chancellor’s call for a “Transformation through Service.”  We are committed to supporting this vision:

“University of Mississippi faculty, staff, students, and alumni have the opportunity to make meaningful contributions to the state, the nation, and the world. The state and region have many needs that could and should benefit from the application of knowledge and talent available at the University. In turn, real-world applications of knowledge and talent can nurture active citizenship in the University and broader community, and teach valuable skills to our students, faculty, and staff. Through civic engagement and service, the University will purposefully apply its talent and knowledge so as to transform individuals, communities, and regions.


  • Create an infrastructure that facilitates and encourages community engagement
  • Develop partnerships to effectively facilitate transformation
  • Establish a culture that celebrates, rewards, recognizes, and values community engagement
  • Identify and support target areas of community engagement
  • Develop a common service vernacular”

The McLean Institute firmly believes in supporting the principles of the University of Mississippi Creed through its community engagement work:

“The University of Mississippi is a community of learning dedicated to nurturing excellence in intellectual inquiry and personal character in an open and diverse environment. As a voluntary member of this community:

I believe in respect for the dignity of each person

I believe in fairness and civility

I believe in personal and professional integrity

I believe in academic honesty

I believe in academic freedom

I believe in good stewardship of our resources

I pledge to uphold these values and encourage others to follow my example.”