"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.”  
-Thomas Ehrlich


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