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Office of Civic Engagement

About the Office of Civic Engagement

University Strategic Priority: Civic Engagement

  • Emphasize University-community partnerships that are collaborative, participatory, empowering, systemic, and transformative 
  • Broaden opportunities for civic and global engagement in our academic programs
Goal 1:
Increase civic engagement and academic opportunities through purposeful and innovative programming that incorporates place, purpose and partner pedagogies, increasing community connections in academic coursework. 
Goal 2:
Cultivate networks of partnerships, demonstrating connections, participation and success through an accessible and searchable database. 

Civic Engagement Commitments

  • Civic Engagement (CE) will create annual faculty development opportunities to support the integration of place consciousness, purpose, and partner opportunities in coursework.  
  • CE will award annually at the spring Inspired Event the “Community Engaged Scholar” to recognize excellence in civic engagement leadership at Chico State. CE will develop an Outstanding Community Partner award. 
  • CE will support campus-wide efforts to recognize community partnerships and service learning as valuable contributions to the RTP process. 
  • CE will facilitate dialogue and relationship building activities with communities within the region but located outside of Butte County, building robust connections within each of the 12 counties. 
  • CE will support Collaboratory,(opens in new window) a searchable database of community engagement. 
  • CE will support Wildcat Connect(opens in new window) mentoring connections between alumni and current students. 

Read more in the Office of Civic Engagement's Strategic Plan (PDF).
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Benefits

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