Office of Community Engagement at Centenary College of Louisiana

Office of Community Engagement at Centenary College of Louisiana Purposes of OGE

•Coordinate and encourage unique opportunities for service-learning and volunteerism in the local and global community.

•Develop and support all international students and programs with the intent of fostering positive cultural awareness outcomes within our community.

•Build and solidify transformational experiences that shape our students into open-minded and compassionate leaders that enhance their communities for their lives beyond college.

Operating as usual

[01/23/20]   We had an EXCELLENT MLK Service Day with over 200 students/faculty/staff helping out! We plan on keeping the same energy and momentum for this year's BIG Event 13! Come on out and hope to see you there!


Here are some photos of our students helping the community on MLK Day! Good to see determined individuals that are dedicated to fostering a community!


Love remembering Orientation Service Day 2019!


Remember Service Day for Orientation 2018!


A Big thanks to all the Big Eventers that came to help the Highland community last Saturday! Also, a huge thank you to LSUS for helping out as well! #CommunityMatters


We're so grateful for our Centenary Students who decided to have a "day-on" instead of a day off for MLK Day, January 21, 2019! As always, #CentenaryLoudCentenaryProud because community matters!

MLK Service Day 2019 01/30/2019

MLK Service Day 2019 05/02/2017

Give for Good NLA

Many of our nonprofit community partners are participating in Give for Good today. To view a full list of all participants and give to one (or more) of these organizations, use the link below. Give for Good is a 24-hour online giving challenge led by The Community Foundation of North Louisiana to raise unrestricted dollars for the nonprofits in our community. It is a day of giving to celebrate and a chance to raise thousands of dollars to make our community even better.

[04/11/17]   On April 11, 1968, the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (otherwise known as the Fair Housing Act) was put into effect and provided equal housing opportunities regardless of race, religion, or national origin. This built upon previous laws such as the Civil Rights Act of 1866 that had no federal enforcement provisions. It later extended to barring discrimination based on gender or disabilities in 1974 and 1988 respectively. The Fair Housing Act was passed a week following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in response to the ensuing riots (also known as the Holy Week Uprising) that took place in over 100 US cities.

[04/11/17]   On April 11, 1968, the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (otherwise known as the Fair Housing Act) was put into effect and provided equal housing opportunities regardless of race, religion, or national origin. This built upon previous laws such as the Civil Rights Act of 1866 that had no federal enforcement provisions. It later extended to barring discrimination based on gender or disabilities in 1974 and 1988 respectively. The Fair Housing Act was passed a week following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in response to the ensuing riots (also known as the Holy Week Uprising) that took place in over 100 US cities.


April is National Autism Awareness Month, which was founded in 1970 by the Autism Society to raise awareness on autism and to end the stigma. Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a lifelong developmental disability that is characterized by the way people interact or communicate with others. Given that there is such a wide spectrum to it, people with ASD will have a combination of different characteristics. A few characteristics include:

1. Trouble interacting with others and poor verbal skills. In some cases they may be disinterested in talking with others.
2. Trouble picking up on social clues or being out of sync with others.
3. Disliking physical contact such as hugs.
4. Discomfort from an abrupt change in the environment such as loud noises or bright lights.
5. Repeating words or not speaking/speaking very little.
6. Repetitive behavior or physical tics.
7. Unpredictable learning rate, compulsive behavior, and intense fixation on an activity.


Maxine Moore Waters is currently the US Representative for the 43rd Congressional District of California, having previously served as the representative for the 35th and 29th districts. Before being elected to Congress, she was a member of the California Assembly in 1976. She is the most senior out of the 12 black women currently in Congress, having served since 1991. Waters opposed the Iraq War back in 2002 and US involvement in the 2004 coup in Haiti. She has supported affordable housing initiatives helped deliver relief supplies following the events of the Watts Riots.


Literacy Volunteers of Centenary College will be hosting a multicultural event at the Meadows Museum on Wednesday, April 6 from 6:30 to 8:30. The event will feature multi-lingual poetry readings from students and volunteers and art by Martha Carbo. LVCC is an organization that tutors immigrants and people with literacy deficiencies in English. Tutoring is free of charge, so LVCC operates solely on donations.


Claressa Shields is an American boxer and the first American boxer to win an Olympic title twice in a row. In 2011, she competed in her first open-division tournament after winning two Junior Olympic championships. She won the middleweight title at the tournament, which allowed her to qualify for the US Olympic trials. She won gold at the 2012 London Olympics, making her the first US woman to win a boxing gold medal. Shields won the Worlds Championship in 2014 and the Pan-American games in 2015. After winning at the 2016 AMBC Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Argentina, Shields went on to win gold at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Out of 80 matches throughout her career, Shields has won 79 of them, 19 of which were won by knockout.


Nilanjana Sudeshna "Jhumpa" Lahiri is a Bengali-American writer and a member of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities. Born in London to a family of Bengali Indian immigrants, her family moved to the United States when she was two. She graduated from Boston University with multiple degrees and eventually published her first collection of short stories, Interpreter of Maladies, in 1999 after previously having it rejected multiple times by various publishing companies. It won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Her first novel, The Namesake, was published in 2003 and it was later adapted into a film in 2007. In 2008, Lahiri's second collection of short stories, Unaccustomed Earth, debuted at number 1 on the New York Times best seller list upon its publication. Her book The Lowland won the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature in 2015, which entered Lahiri in the Limca Book of Records. Lahiri currently works at Princeton University as a professor in creative writing.


Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a Nigerian novelist, poet, and nonfiction writer. She was born in the city of Enugu in southeast Nigeria, but she later attended university in the United States. Adichie published a collection of poems, Decisions, in 1997 and her short story "You in America," was nominated for the Caine Prize in 2002. In 2005, her novel Purple Hibiscus won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book. Her next novel, Half of a Yellow Sun, won the 2007 Orange Prize for Fiction and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. It was later adapted into a movie in 2014.

Adichie's third novel, Americanah, was listed as one of The 10 Best Books in 2013 by the New York Times. It won the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award in that same year. Adichie spoke at a TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conference about lack of representation in media and literature. In another TED conference in 2012, she spoke about issues such as feminist, gender as a social construct, and sexuality.


Surya Bonaly is a former professional figure skater from France who is a three-time Worlds silver medalist, five-time European champion, and nine-time French national champion. Originally a competitive gymnast, Bonaly began skating at the age of eleven. In her final year in the juniors division, she won gold at the 1991 World Junior Championship. Bonaly is the first and only female skater to have attempted a quadruple toe loop in competition, but she had to complete the final rotation after landing which reduced it to a triple instead of a quad.

At the 1994 World Championships in Chiba, Japan, Bonaly tied for gold with Japanese skater Yuka Sato, who was awarded the gold medal after a 5-4 tiebreaker decision. In 1995, she won her fifth consecutive gold medal at the European Championships. At the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, Bonaly placed too low in the short program due to a past injury to have a shot at the gold. In her free skate, she decided to perform her backflip landing, which stirred quite a bit of controversy and resulted in a deduction. Given that jumps must be landed on one blade, backflips are illegal since they would be landed on two blades, but Bonaly made it a legal move by managing to land on one blade. Despite this, Bonaly was content with her performance and she finished tenth overall, retiring from competition shortly after. She toured with some ice shows following her retirement before later becoming a skating coach in 2016.


Simone Ashley Manuel is an American professional swimmer who specializes in freestyle. She currently holds three world records as a member of the relay team and attends Stanford University. During her freshman year at Stanford, Manuel broke school records for the 50, 100, and 200-yard freestyle. That same year, she broke National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) records for the 100 yard freestyle.

She won bronze and two silvers at the 2014 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships for the 100-meter freestyle, 4x100-freestyle, and 4x100-medley relay respectively. In 2016, Manuel placed second in the 50 and 100-meter freestyle at the US Olympic Trials, which allowed her to qualify for the Olympic team. At the Rio de Janiero Olympics, she won silver for the 4x100-meter relay along with Abbey Weitzell, Dana Vollmer, and Katie Ledecky. Manuel tied for gold with Canadian swimmer Penny Oliksiak in the 100-meter freestyle where they set a new Olympic record.


Rachel Louise Carson was an American marine biologist best known for her book Silent Spring, which is credited for inciting the global environmental movement. She initially worked at the US Bureau of Fisheries before becoming a full-time writer in the 1950's. She would analyze and report field data on fish populations, writing literary articles and brochures on her findings. Her first work, Under the Sea Wind was published in 1941, having started out as a magazine essay titles Undersea. Carson's next books, The Sea Around Us and The Edge of the Sea, focused on the history of the ocean and the ecology of the Atlantic shore respectively.

Silent Spring was published in 1962 and described the harmful effects of pesticides on both people and the environment. The book received a lot of backlash from the chemical industry and many companies threatened to take legal action. Many of the synthetic pesticides had been invented back during WWII when the military had been funding the sciences. Carson's book led to the nationwide ban of the DDT chemical and other pesticides. It also initiated a national pesticide policy that would later lead to the foundation of the US Environmental Protection Agency.


Serena Jameka Williams is an American professional tennis player who, as of January 2017, has been ranked No. 1 in the world for women's singles seven times by the Women's Tennis Association (WTA). She holds the most major titles in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles combined among active players, ranking her 3rd in the Open Era for female tennis players. Along with her older sister Venus Williams, she has won 14 Grand Slam doubles titles. The pair remains undefeated in Grand Slam doubles finals and back in 2009 to 2010, they held all four Grand Slam women's doubles titles simultaneously.

Williams made her professional debut in 1995 at the age of 14 and later ranked in the Top 10 in 1999. In 2004, she took an eight month break after an injury and although she ended the season ranked 7th, she failed to win a Grand Slam singles tournament for the first time since 2001. Critics began to consider Williams a "declining force," in the sport as she fell to 139th in 2006 after a six month absence due to suffering from depression. She managed to end the season at 95th, her lowest ranking since 1997. Despite entering the 2007 season "overweight and out-of-shape," she managed to prove critics wrong by winning at the Australian Open and climbing up to 14th by the end of the season. In 2009, she rose to #1 for the second time in her career. She won the gold in singles during the 2012 Olympic Games and won three gold medals for doubles along with Venus in the 2000, 2008, and 2012 Olympics.


Tsai Ing-Wen is the current president of Taiwan, making her the first woman to be elected into office and the second person from the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to serve. Additionally, she is the first unmarried president and the first president to be of Hakka and aboriginal descent. Tsai originally studied law and later taught law at the School of Law of Soochow University. Her political career started in the 1990's when Tsai worked in a serious of governmental jobs such as the Minister of the Mainland Affairs Council and later as Vice Premier under Premier Lee Teng-hui. She served as the chairperson for the DPP from 2008 to 2012.

Tsai was also the candidate for the DPP during the 2012 election, but she lost to the Kuomintang candidate, Ma Ying-jeou. The Kuomintang's unpopular policies over the years resulted in Tsai winning by a landslide in the 2016 elections. Tsai has always been supportive of minority groups such as women, aboriginal groups, and the LGBT community. She also supports Taiwan's independence from China and the diversification of its trade partners.


Ertharin Cousin is currently, as of 2012, the Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme. Before then, she worked on the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development in 1997. In 2004, Cousin became the Executive Vice President and Chief Operator for America's Second Harvest, which is the nation's largest domestic hunger. America's Second Harvest distributed over 62 million pounds of food in the Gulf Coast area following the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. In 2009 up until 2012, Cousin was appointed by President Obama as the United State Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture. She set up new country led aid programs and provided food relief to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.


Samuel George "Sammy" Davis Jr. was an actor, musician, comedian, and impressionist. Davis began his career as a vaudeville dancer as early as the age of 3 alongside his father and Will Mastin, a friend of his father's. The tree toured nationally as the Will Mastin Trio. In 1959, Davis joined the Rat Pack, a performance group that included Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Joey Bishop, and Peter Lawford. Davis, like all black performer in the 1950's, was forced to room in hotels separate from his white colleagues, wait outside in between acts, and he could not dine or drink at the hotel venues they performed at. He would later refuse to perform at places that were segregated.

In 1964, Davis starred in the musical Golden Boy and began shooting for his own afternoon tv talk show. He later signed on with MGM Records and had an unexpected #1 hit with the song, "The Candy Man." Although he had no other songs that made it to the Top 40's after the 1970's, he occasionally got roles in tv shows and films. Most notable was his appearance in Movin' With Nancy, which featured Nancy Sinatra, daughter of Frank Sinatra. In 1990, Davis passed away due to complications with throat cancer


Joseph Louis Barrow, better known as Joe Louis or his nickname "the Brown Bomber," was a professional boxer who competed from 1934 to 1951. He was the world heavyweight champion from 1937 to 1949, participating in 26 championship fights. He won 25 of those title defenses, a record second only to that of Julio Cesar Chavez with 27. Louis fought a total of 70 fights in his professional career, winning 52 by knockout and losing only 3.

Although professional boxing wasn't officially segregated, many people at the time were against the idea of a black champion, which made it difficult for Louis to find bouts against heavyweight contenders. The previous unpopular reign of Jack Johnson--unpopular among whites that is--in the heavyweight division made it difficult for black boxers to secure championship bouts. Louis' clean fighting style and modest nature made him popular with a mainstream media despite backlash from racists. Furthermore, boxing desperately needed a marketable hero following the retirement of Jack Dempsey. Louis is widely regarded as the first African-American to be considered a nationwide hero. He retired in 1951 after losing by knockout.

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2911 Centenary Blvd
Shreveport, LA

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Global Engagement supports students in connecting with their peers through unique experiences that help them commit to causes that can change their communities. We also guide students through projects and programs that help them to add context to their world in new and exciting ways so that they can begin to create a platform to grow from for the rest of their lives.

Opening Hours

Monday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Tuesday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Thursday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm
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