"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
– Margaret Mead
To facilitate the integration of Civic Engagement throughout CSU, Chico’s academic profile in such a way that students identify themselves as “member[s] of a larger social fabric and therefore consider social problems to be at least partly his or her own; such that an individual is willing to see the moral and civic dimensions of issues, to make and justify informed moral and civic judgements, and to take action when appropriate.”
Working in collaboration with faculty, students, and the community, The Office of Civic Engagement hosts various events and workshops to make service learning a seamless part of curriculum, offer internships, and close the distance between CSU, Chico and the greater Chico community.
- Student benefits of Civic Engagement and Service learning experience:
- Enhance both student academic development as well as their readiness to take up their responsibilities as adult members of a democracy
- Develop stronger relationships with faculty and the community
- Improve students’ satisfaction with college
- Increase likelihood of graduation
- Academic Improvement:
- Information literacy
- Fundamental understanding of civic involvement and improved sense of efficacy
- Understanding of the connection between university and public life
- Improved academic engagement
- Positive perceptions of self individually and within society