Established in 2010, The Sally & Bob Gries Center for Experiential and Service Learning in University Circle represents Hawken School’s commitment to the principles of real life learning and involvement with the greater Cleveland community. Located at 10823 Magnolia Drive just blocks away from Hawken’s original home on Ansel Road, the Center celebrates a return to the School’s geographical roots and a commitment to engaged learning in the heart of the city.
With University Circle’s combination of world-class institutions and developing urban neighborhoods, students experience the world through a vastly different lens, enabling the development of skills and qualities that cannot be fostered as readily on their home campuses. Hawken’s partnerships with University Circle institutions have included CWRU, Famicos Foundation, Citizens’ Academy, Magnolia Clubhouse, Inc., Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland Museum of Art, University Hospitals, Cleveland Music School Settlement, Western Reserve Historical Society, The Cleveland Orchestra, and University Circle, Inc.
The Gries Center is also home to Hawken’s Arnold and Sydell Miller Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, which features a semester immersion course that equips students with the deep knowledge and creative, collaborative skills needed to solve real world problems.