Center for Community Engagement

Head-Royce's Center for Community Engagement (CCE) works with students and professional community members to promote responsible and engaged citizenship through experiential learning, co-curricular programming, and capstone opportunities.

The CCE’s mission is to foster meaningful connections and collaborations for our students both within and beyond Head-Royce that promote the wellbeing of people and planet. These meaningful connections take the form of community impact volunteer work, activism, and mentorship programs.   

The Community Engagement Board discusses the Upper School's community engagement requirements.

The CCE serves as Head-Royce’s cross-divisional, K–12 organizing hub for all civic and community engagement initiatives. A physical space, a counseling center for opportunities, and most importantly an incubator for programs, the CCE works with each division at Head-Royce to instill in our students self-awareness, compassion for others, a commitment to equity and sustainability, and purpose-driven action. 

Bay Area Student Activists (BAStA) lobby for ​​stricter
gun control policies in Sacramento.
Read this Salon article on their efforts.

At the local level, the CCE helps to connect Head-Royce students with organizations and projects throughout the East Bay which promote equity, social justice, and sustainability.

While in Berlin, Upper School students take a break
from their study of the global housing crisis. 

The CCE further promotes responsible global citizenship by
sponsoring study travel programs in the Middle and Upper Schools, all of which are issue-focused and begin with examining the topic at home in Oakland. 

9th graders clean up dry brush at Sausal Creek. 

To combat the ever-worsening climate crisis, the CCE works with faculty to incorporate sustainability and environmental stewardship into their curricula and with students to become climate activists. 

Lower Schoolers learn design and carpentry in the Big Build.

Embracing the experiential learning credo of head, heart, and hands, the CCE runs a series of hands-on, design-build challenges that promote collaborative teamwork, complex problem-solving, and learning from mistakes. The best exemplar of this initiative is the annual Lower School Big Build, run by our 12th graders for 2nd through 5th graders during Senior Project. 

President Barack Obama’s rousing “call to citizenship,” in his Farewell Address of January 2017, is a message of civic responsibility the CCE is sounding throughout our School: 

For 240 years, our nation's call to citizenship has given
work and purpose to each new generation. It's what led
patriots to choose republic over tyranny, pioneers to trek
west, slaves to brave that makeshift railroad to freedom.
Change only happens when ordinary people get involved,
get engaged, and come together to demand it.

Our most important work is to create a better world for all. 

We invite you to participate in the life of the CCE in whatever way best suits you!

Our Team

Leslie Powell
Assistant Lower School Head + Director of CE program