Get Engaged in Your Community
Civic Engagement Defined
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.