Office of Civic Engagement

Service within the Community

Service is often an initial step into academic civic engagement. Subsequent work provides opportunities for students to directly apply academic knowledge to address systemic concerns in a sustainable way. Park clean-ups, classroom assistance, and gathering donations all fall within this category. Organizing canned food drives or collecting supplies to assist local shelters (human or animal) counts as civic engagement because it means that a need in the public community has been identified, and people take action to address that need through collective effort.

For community service opportunities, contact Community Action Volunteers in Education (CAVE)(opens in new window).