The Civic Engagement Directors Constituency Group meets at the Summer Institute.View Email List & Directory
What is civic engagement?
“Civic engagement means 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.” — Definition of civic engagement as defined by Thomas Ehrlich in his book Civic Responsibility and Higher Education published by Oryx Press, 2000.
What is civic engagement at a NAC&U institution?
Engaged learning produces engaged learners and engaged institutions that are working with their communities to improve society and the human condition.
“Doing good and doing well. We must first do good in life in order to do well in life.” — quote from Ira Harkavy at the 2015 NAC&U Summer Institute…
What is NAC&U’s Civic Engagement Collaborative?
Through the Civic Engagement Collaborative, NAC&U is establishing an intentional community of practice for all those involved in our many community-campus partnerships. The mission of the NAC&U Civic Engagement Collaborative is to bring campus, community, and student leaders together through reciprocal community based partnerships that deepen the participants’ commitment to civic engagement and encourage opportunities for social innovation. Highlighting just one of these partnerships, participating NAC&U institutions will work together with their community partners to develop sustainable, action-based civic engagement partnerships that address pre-K – 12 education issues that are important to that community (e.g. literacy, graduation rates, youth empowerment, etc.). The goals of the Civic Engagement Collaborative are to:
If you are interested in being a part of this community of practice and this intercollegiate endeavor to collect impact data, please submit your information using this form.CEC Resource Page
CE Directors are encouraged to use the email list and directory found on this site to correspond with one another about programming ideas, questions, and concerns and to share best practices.
Director, Center for Civic Engagement
Interim Dean, Integrated Learning