• THE PURPOSE OF THE CIVIC INSTITUTE IS TO:

    The Civic Institute is a non-academic, community-based department of Mercyhurst College in Erie, PA.

    Mercyhurst College, a Catholic liberal arts college, opened its doors for women only in 1926, and did not become a coed college until 1969. Currently, the Main campus offers over 100 concentrations in 40 fields as well as 10 Graduate programs.

    Expanding in 1991, the Mercyhurst North East branch was opened in North East, PA. The North East campus has grown since its inception, currently offering 24 academic programs.

    In 2006, Mercyhurst expanded yet again, opening the Mercyhurst West branch in Girard, PA. Mercyhurst West has started with 4 programs of study with 5 more slated for the near future.

    Carpe Diem “Seize the Day!”

  • The Mercyhurst Civic Institute, a division of the Social Sciences department of Mercyhurst College in Erie, PA, is a college-community partnership dedicated to the social, educational, and civic well-being of the Erie region and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Institute seeks to evaluate, understand, and improve public policies and processes, which affect the region’s citizens. It serves as a central repository for published information regarding the social and civic challenges, as well as opportunities facing Erie and the Commonwealth. In addition, the Institute seeks to provide Mercyhurst College faculty and students with the applied social policy, research and evaluation experience related to child, family, education, health, and justice issues.

    THE PURPOSE OF THE CIVIC INSTITUTE IS TO:

    • Enhance and facilitate citizen participation in decision-making.
    • Provide high-quality, objective information to assist local decision-making.
    • Convene community forums that encourage reasoned reflection and free and open discussion of regional issues.
    • Educate the Erie community and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania about various issues through Institute reports and publications.
    • Foster human networks that enhance communication, link resources, strengthen community participation and build social capital.
    • Promote research, learning, teaching and service opportunities for the Mercyhurst community.

    www.unifiederie.org