Bennion Center

THE BENNION CENTER

Executive Director: Dean McGovern | (801) 585-7826 | dean.mcgovern@utah.edu
Chief Advancement Officer: Morgan Byrne | (801) 585-0093 | morgan.byrne@utah.edu

The Bennion Center equips students with the skills and competencies necessary to change the world. Our student and faculty programs focus on civic learning and community impact. In partnership with nonprofit organizations, Title I schools, and government agencies, we engage students in one-time and ongoing community service, Alternative Break trips, community-based research and scholarship, and community engaged learning courses that span every academic discipline. Our workshops, experiential learning opportunities, and physical space help create a community of action-oriented people and a deep sense of belonging. Our mission is to foster lifelong learning and civic participation by engaging the university with the greater community in action, change, and learning.

 

The Bennion Center has identified the following funding priorities for the Imagine New Heights campaign: 

  • Residential Living-learning Communities: Endowed support for high-impact programming for students who live in the Bennion Service House and the South Campus Residence Hall for Community Engagement.
  • Event Sponsorships: Community events such as Saturday Service Projects and Project Youth provide the University and broader community with opportunities to address health care, social, education, and environmental needs at our one-day volunteer events.
  • Scholarships: Ensure that every U student has access and opportunities for deeply engaged community learning experiences such as Alternative Breaks, Bennion Scholars, Bennion Service House, Community Engaged Learning Abroad experiences in Cuba and Costa Rica, Student-Directed Programs, and Utah Reads.
  • Facilities: We need updated furniture, vehicles, computers, work space, and materials, to support a fast-growing number of community engaged students and faculty.
  • Improve Community Impact: Enhance our assessment processes—including data collection instruments, and analysis—to ensure that programs meet identified community needs and provide deep community learning outcomes.