Office of Civic Engagement

Welcome to Civic Engagement

Chico State's Civic Engagement promotes, strengthens, sustains, and recognizes civic engagement initiatives that are consistent with the strategic priorities (PDF) of CSU, Chico. We believe in respectful mutual partnerships with the broader community that foster socially and environmentally responsible students, faculty, and staff. We work to engage students and faculty throughout our 12-county North State service area. Read our Strategic Plan (PDF) (PDF)

The Civic-Minded Graduate

Venn Diagram: Identity, Educational Experiences and Civic Experiences overlap as a Civic-Minded Graduate

Borrowing from the excellent work being done at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), it is our goal to inspire and produce Civic Minded Graduates.

Civic learning has been described as:

"preparing students for responsible citizenship...requiring the integration of knowledge and skills acquired in both the broad curriculum and in the student's specialized field. In developing civic competence, students engage in a wide variety of perspectives and evidence and form their own reasoned views on public issues" (Adelman et al. 2011, 11).

It stands to reason that civic learning can occur in curricular and co-curricular activities where intentional educational practices (such as reflection) lead to intended learning outcomes.

To learn more about Civic Learning, please visit the Association of American Colleges & Universities.

CSU, Chico has been honored with the following distinctions:

American Democracy Project logo


National Voter Friendly Campus Designation by the American Democracy Project

Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching logo


Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

President’s Higher Education Community Service logo


President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the seventh time in eight years.