During its thirty-five years as a consortium of member colleges, Venture provided undergraduates with programs to explore what it means to contribute meaningfully to society and live an engaged life.

Once in the vanguard among higher education programs for its support of experiential learning and students' interest in work for the common good, over the decades Venture has seen its ideals embraced on every one of its member schools' campuses at Brown University, College of the Holy Cross, Franklin and Marshall College, Sarah Lawrence College, Vassar College, and Wesleyan University.

In recognition of this, the Venture Board voted to integrate Venture into Brown University's Swearer Center for Public Service, to bring to fruition an initiative at Brown arising out of findings of the 2008-2009 Task Force on Undergraduate Education.

In January 1, 2009, the Engaged Life Partnership was established to act as a focal point resourcing the Brown community in support of the fostering of social responsibility and global citizenship. This initiative itself is the hands-on application of Brown's conviction that preparing students for leadership in the common good is not a complement to liberal arts education, but rather, the point of a liberal education.

For more information, please contact Peggy Chang or Jan Cal, Engaged Life Partnership, Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown University at 401.863.2324 or