Lang Center
for Civic & Social Responsibility

Endowment Agreement

From the endowment agreement creating “The Eugene M. Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility"


“The Center shall provide vision, leadership and support for the College’s central commitment to educate students for civic and social responsibility. The Center shall serve as the central organizational and administrative umbrella for groups and activities that are related to civic and social responsibility and as a primary structure to foster and facilitate courses and educational experiences that carry a community-based learning component, and to establish an awareness of connections between courses and issues of civic and social responsibility.”

Mission and Charge

“The Center, through its Executive Director and staff, will create, organize, administer and evaluate activities that link rigorous intellectual training to the motivation and preparation of students to take leadership in shaping a more just and humane world. The Center will foster understanding of the role democratic institutions and processes can play in creating such a world. The Center will stimulate critical reflection, teaching, research, publications, and experimentation aimed at educating for civic and social responsibility. Through conferences and collaborative relationships and constructive initiatives and research of students and faculty, the Center will promote the College’s leadership in making preparation for participatory citizenship and socially responsible action a nation-wide feature of higher education.”


“The Eugene M. Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility was established to inspire and provide vision, leadership, and support toward fulfilling an essential dimension of the liberal arts mission of Swarthmore College: to prepare and motivate students to understand and engage issues of civic and social concern and, as active citizens of our democracy, to set their own paths toward shaping a more just and compassionate world.”

Under "Governance of the Center"

“The Center will serve as the central facility for organizing, administering and generally overseeing socially and civically-oriented programs and projects of the College. These programs and projects will include student volunteer service groups, the Swarthmore Foundation, student service internships, organized multi-cultural and service initiatives with defined social objectives involving student participation on and off campus, the Lang Opportunity Scholars Program, the Learning for Life Program, the Lang Visiting Professor for Issues of Social Change, the Lang Grants, Project Pericles, and such other programs whose design, implementation or evaluation may variously employ the resources of the Center.”