The purpose of the Mercyhurst Civic Institute:
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.