Melrose Center for Global Civic Engagement

Fostering an ongoing service commitment that puts the ideals of global and civic service into practice. 

To uphold its commitment to global citizenship, Ursinus College has established the Melrose Center for Global Civic Engagement in honor of the late U.S. Ambassador Joseph H. Melrose Jr. ’66.

The Melrose Center seeks to develop future global leaders through unprecedented learning opportunities that will allow students to engage with global leaders to help enact social change.


Getting Involved

A cohort of 8-10 Melrose Fellows are selected on an annual basis. Melrose Fellows are selected as global civic fellows and experience service-learning research in locations all over the world. The fellows take courses emphasizing social and global issues; design and implement civic engagement projects to enhance community-based organizations; and travel abroad to engage in service learning initiatives.

Additionally, Ursinus will:

  • Host a series of public forums and lectures led by nationally-recognized thought leaders of contemporary global issues
  • Establish a Melrose Visiting Scholar Program to enhance the richness and diversity of teaching and scholarly activities at Ursinus
  • Endow scholarships enabling Melrose Fellows to gain international internship experience
  • Expand opportunities for students involved in the Ursinus National Model United Nations, the Peace Corps Prep Program, and the Bonner Leader Program

Do you have ideas for the Melrose Center?

We are looking for volunteers who are interested in mentoring Bonner Leaders and Melrose Fellows, helping plan Melrose Center-sponsored events on campus, and serving on an advisory board which will provide advice about Melrose Center plans and programs.

Your help will be critical in the ongoing development of the Melrose Center. You can provide valuable advice and contacts for our current students, connecting them to volunteer opportunities, internships and jobs in your network. You can also provide suggestions for future programming and activities. Contact us at 

Bomberger 213

Rebecca Evans

Matt Mizenko

Christian Rice