Center for Civic Engagement

Get Engaged in Your Community

According to Thomas Ehrlich of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, "Civic engagement means working to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make that difference. It means promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and nonpolitical processes."

The CCE divides civic engagement into five types:

  • Direct Service: Hands-on community service, primarily off campus (e.g. tutoring, environmental restoration)
  • Capacity Building: Enhancing the organizational capacity of a community agency, school, or non-profit organization (e.g. research, web design, strategic planning)
  • Advocacy: Raising awareness of issues; political participation; influencing public opinion and/or policy (e.g. public forums, voter registration, campaigns)
  • Community Based Research: Research that is done in collaboration with the community to benefit underserved populations and/or the public good
  • Philanthropy: Organizing and coordinating fundraising activities¬†for causes and community organizations

The CCE can help connect students with any form of civic engagement in which they are interested. The CCE offers a variety of daily community service projects and holds events all year to help students participate in capacity building, advocacy, and philanthropy activities.