October 27, 2015



VA Engage is a collection of universities in the Averett week to engageCommonwealth of Virginia that are dedicated to their surrounding communities through many different community partnerships. VA Engage connects these universities’ community engagement offices in order to spread new and beneficial ideas and resources to raise campus-community ties throughout the Commonwealth.

All VA colleges and universities, two-year and four-year, public and private, are welcome to be members.

Learn more about how to get involved as an individual or institution.

Mission Statement

VA Engage Network builds the capacity of Virginia colleges and universities to prepare students for lives of engaged citizenship and to mobilize community-campus partnerships that strengthen communities.

Meet the Chair

Lynn Pelco joined VCU in 2008 as the director of VCU Service-Learning and was promoted to vice provost for community engagement in July 2012. She currently oversees the VCU Service-Learning and VCU ASPiRE programs and holds a joint faculty appointment as professor in the VCU School of Education.

Pelco has held a number of clinical and faculty positions, including lecturer at the University of South Australia, assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Pennsylvania State University School of Medicine and school psychologist in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia. Most recently, Pelco was professor and co-director of the school psychology program at the College of William and Mary, where she served from 1992-2008.

Pelco’s research and teaching interests include service-learning; family, school and community partnerships; and university student development. She recently served as a co-investigator for GreenSTEM@VCU, an interdisciplinary project funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service to prepare middle school science and technology teachers to teach green service-learning.


Lynn Pelco, Chair
Virginia Commonwealth University

Grace Albritton, Communications Coordinator
Virginia Commonwealth University

Drew Stelljes, Service Year Alliance Liaison
The College of William and Mary

Sylvia Gale, VA Engage Journal
University of Richmond

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