Cynthia Lynch
Cynthia Lynch
Assistant Vice Provost, Civic Engagement and Academic Strategic Support
Salem State University
Cynthia Lynch, a veteran
of over 25 years in higher education, is Assistant Vice Provost for Civic
Engagement and Academic Strategic Support at Salem State University. A practitioner-scholar of civic engagement and its
intersections with diversity, equity, and inclusion, Lynch provides the strategic vision and
leadership for the university’s public engagement initiatives. She also
oversees the development of programs that support faculty using anti-racist
community-engaged pedagogies and students developing the skills necessary to
engage in all spheres of civic life and think critically and work creatively to
address injustices facing our communities. Her research focuses on Critically
Engaged Civic Learning, a framework that restructures service-learning approaches
to achieve more equitable and just engagement with the community. Her work
appears in AAC&U’s Diversity and Democracy and the Michigan
Journal of Community Service Learning. Her first book, Anti-Racist Community Engagement:
Principles and Practices, was released in
September, 2023. 
Lynch is a co-founder of the New England Equity and Engagement
Consortium (N3EC) and is an Equity and Engagement Fellow for Campus Compact