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 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).

Visit our partner site to learn more about interdisciplinary teaching:

Co-Teaching main site

The Civic-Minded Graduate

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

Outlined in the American Association of College and Universities Value Rubric on Civic Engagement, 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.

CSU, Chico has been honored with the following distinctions:

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National Voter Friendly Campus Designation by the Campus Vote Project

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President’s Higher Education Community Service(opens in new window) Honor Roll for the seventh time in eight years.