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Office of Civic Engagement

About the Office of Civic Engagement

What is Civic Engagement?

Thomas Ehrlich may have said it best when he defined civic engagement as "working to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make that difference. It means promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes."


The Office of Civic Engagement promotes, strengthens, sustains, and recognizes civic engagement initiatives that are consistent with the strategic priorities of CSU, Chico, based on respectful partnerships with the broader community, and aimed at developing socially and environmentally responsible students, faculty, and staff.


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 judgments, and to take action when appropriate." Thomas Ehrlich

Read more in the Office of Civic Engagement's Strategic Plan (PDF).
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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 individual efficacy
  • Understanding of the connection between university and public life
  • Improved academic engagement
  • Positive perceptions of self individually and within society