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Office of Civic Engagement

For Students

Three circled Venn diagram. Identity, Educational Experiences, and Civic Experiences.

The Civic-Minded Graduate

Outlined in the  American Association of College and Universities Value Rubric on Civic Engagement(opens in new window), Chico State seeks to produce  civic-minded graduates who have a foundational knowledge of what it means to be a member of a community coupled with a commitment to democratic participation.  The civic-minded graduate is the nexus where a student’s academic learning, community experiences, and identity overlap.

We foster this in the classroom, through co-curricular activities, and opportunities for students to grow into their sense of identity as participants in a democratic society.  While often these three components of a civic-minded graduate are separate spheres we are working on new and innovative ways for them to intentionally overlap to further the student’s – and our own – understanding of the important connections of these various domains. 

To learn more about Civic Learning, please visit the  Association of American Colleges & Universities(opens in new window) or review our  2015 Community Engagement Classification (PDF) by the Carnegie Foundation.

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.

Wildcat Leadership Institute

Community Action Volunteers in Education (CAVE)

Where can I start?

Anywhere, anytime! The following link will take you to our community in partner page. On it you can find organizations that we promote and work with on a regular basis that you may become civically involved with.

A Few Ways to Begin

  1. Take a Service Learning Course
  2. Attend a campus event
  3. Attend a City Council meeting to be better informed:
    Chico City Council Chambers, 421 Main Street
    1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m.
    Meetings are televised live on Cable Channel 11 & online(opens in new window)