Community Partner Advisory Board

The purpose of the Community Partner Advisory Board is to act as a liaison between Stetson’s Community Partners and the Center for Community Engagement to amplify partner voices and explore opportunities for more meaningful community engagement opportunities.

The Community Partner Advisory Board will assist the Center for Community Engagement through the following objectives:

  • Provide advice, information, and guidance to shape the strategic direction of the Center for Community Engagement.
  • Advise the Center for Community Engagement on ways to strengthen its connection to community partners.
  • Offer recommendations on specific initiatives.
  • Promote best practices in community engagement among fellow community partners. 

Meetings for the Partner Advisory Board will be conducted on the first Tuesday of every other month from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Stetson University’s Campus.

Duties of the Board

The Community Partner Advisory Board will work to guide the Center for Community Engagement’s capacity-building efforts. This work includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Advising on the development of and critiquing events that the Center for Community Engagement hosts.
  • Making recommendations on trainings offered for community partners and hosted by Stetson University.
  • Planning student engagement fairs.
  • Brainstorming mixer opportunities with Stetson faculty and staff.
  • Proving advice on large-scale capacity-building projects that Stetson can take further leadership in.

The CPAB will also provide information on issue areas in Greater Volusia County that require further investment from Stetson University. Examples of these initiatives could include the development of an affordable housing coalition, investment in apprenticeship programs that provide equitable job opportunities in low-income areas, development of a food insecurity task force, etc.


The initial CPAB will consist of a minimum of three (3) and up to five (5) Community Partner Leaders during the first term of the CPAB (AY23/24) along with the CCE Leadership Team.

Members will have 3-year rotating terms to ensure that no more than one-third of the advisory board turns over at a time. A maximum of 2 consecutive terms will be allowed for members.

During the first term, members of the CPAB will determine the best course of action for subsequent terms and current member term rotation.

Members of the CPAB should be in a leadership role within the Community Partner organization they are representing.  Community Partners must be in good standing with Stetson University and have a current Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on file with the University.