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“Civic engagement is acting upon a heightened sense of responsibility to one’s communities and a heightened understanding of one’s identity. This includes a wide range of activities, including developing civic sensitivity, participation in building civil society, and benefiting the common good. Civic engagement encompasses the notions of global membership and interdependence. Through civic engagement, individuals—as members of their communities, their nations, and the world—are empowered as agents of positive social change for a more democratic world.” —adapted from B. Jacoby, Civic Engagement in Higher Education, 2009

Civic engagement is work that deepens people’s commitment to their community and the condition of their community.

The CCE believes the world should be a more just place for everyone and that we all must find our part in contributing to our communities. We believe that everyone's actions matter and that OSU students have the power to shape the world. We aim to foster leaders and change-makers. At CCE, we strive to create more healthy, caring, and equitable communities by engaging students in actively working to progress the community and world they want to live in. Join us!

To get involved, check out our upcoming event below, our civic engagement database, submit an opportunity to our weekly newsletter, or sign up to receive it.

Mission:

CCE facilitates a wide range of civic learning opportunities for student empowerment; we advance reciprocal campus-community partnerships, community capacity, and civic leadership skills in order for students to create and progress their collective visions of a better world.

Goals and Vision:

By promoting a campus culture that inspires community engagement, civic leadership, and social responsibility, the CCE aspires for all OSU students and alumni to be empowered to serve as catalysts for creating more equitable, healthy, and sustainable communities. 

In partnership with community-based organizations, CCE facilitates meaningful community-engaged learning and educational programs. The CCE strives to:

  • Engage students in service, philanthropy, and activism based work,
  • Meet diverse community-identified needs,
  • Create positive change in local and global communities,
  • Enhance students' knowledge of self and sense of place,
  • Inspire students to have a heightened sense of responsibility for the communities around them,
  • Provide experiential learning opportunities, and
  • Foster social responsibility.

Values

  • Inclusivity
  • Reciprocity
  • Diversity
  • Collaboration
  • Accountability
  • Humility/Cultural Humility
  • Learning and Growth
  • Appreciation and Celebration

We Provide:

  • Experiential learning through annual, one time, and ongoing co-curricular community service and service-learning opportunities
  • Educational programming to raise awareness about issues of public concern
  • Individual service consultation to assist students in finding service opportunities and areas of passion
  • Consultation for service groups and student organizations related to community service programming, service-learning education, and reflection strategies
  • Networking between the OSU campus and surrounding community
  • Civic engagement database
  • Custom workshops and trainings
  • Civic engagement tracking and recording

Events:

  • Annual Days of Service
    • Fall into Service
    • Make a Difference Day
    • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
    • Earth Day Service Day
    • Day of Caring
  • Nonprofit Opportunities Fair
  • National Hunger and Homelessness Action Week
  • Trick or Treat for Food Security
  • Civic Engagement Week
    • Animal Action Day

Programs:

  • Alternative Break Community-Engaged Learning Experiences
  • DOT (Do One Thing to better the world)
  • Day Trippers/Weekenders
  • Political Education and Engagement
  • Craft 'N Care