Record your civic engagement activity with the Center for the Civic Engagement! By completing a tracking form and returning it to our office, we can log your work in Civic Engagement activities in our database. Tracking your civic engagement will allow you to demonstrate your community involvement, as well as personal and professional growth, on your resume. These records will enhance your scholarship, graduate school, and job applications.
Please help us to report on the great work that OSU students have accomplished in our community. We encourage you to use this system to track your service hours with the CCE.
All OSU students and faculty and staff are encouraged to record civic engagement activity via our online Ideal-Logic database. You can login using your ONID. Record Civic Engagement Activity. Recording your civic engagement activity here allows us to best estimate OSU's total community engagement activity!
If you need hard/paper copies of tracking forms, you can also drop by our office in SEC 206 or email us to obtain those.
Tracking Guidelines and Directions
Please use the above system to keep track of all of your and/or your group’s Civic Engagement, Community Service, and Volunteer activity. An officer or leader of your student organization will have access to records credited to your student organization. You can download records and totals of your civic engagement activity at any time.
Activity tracked should meet the Characteristics of Civic Engagement at Oregon State University:
- Meets a community-identified need, advances the work of a nonprofit or public organization other than OSU, or advances a movement for social change
- Benefits the public good and/or an underserved population
- Does not support discrimination based on an element of identity
- Does not replace or compete with an existing campus service
- Does not actively promote a specific faith or solely serve members of a religious group or political organization (see "Statement on Civic Engagement with Faith-based and Political Organizations" below
If you are recording hours with a Greek Organization and your group wishes to be included for consideration for the annual Community Values Award, be sure use our website to review the instructions for the application process and guidelines for what type of Civic Engagement will be considered for the award. Applications for the Community Values Award can be found here.
Use the following list to help you categorize your activities. If recording “other”, please specify.
Categories of service
- Direct Service: Direct service is about volunteer work that takes direct action to address the immediate needs or priorities of social and ecological communities through giving personal time and energy. Direct service encompasses anything from visiting with the elderly in a nursing home to trail maintenance in local parks to packing food.
- Advocacy and Activism: Includes participation in events directed at raising awareness of social issue, mobilizing individual or collective action to persuade others or influence systems. It can be participating in processes of democratic self-governance to influence policy through formal political channels. It can be advocating for a cause, participating in a peaceful protest, or simply staying politically involved by voting.
- Philanthropy and Giving: Philanthropy and giving is identifying and increasing the economic assets of a community through the voluntary redistribution of resources by individuals and institutions. It includes participation in the hosting and/or planning of fundraising events and donation drives. It involves donating money, food, household items, and/or time to raise money or in-kind donations to meet community needs and promote the welfare of others.
- Other (please specify)*
*may not necessarily be considered for Community Values Award assessment for Greek Organizations
Animal welfare, arts and culture, bilingual, children and youth development, criminal justice, disaster preparedness and relief, diverse abilities, domestic violence and sexual assault, economic justice, education and literacy, emergency response and public safety, environment, gender issues, health and wellbeing, housing and homelessness, hunger and food insecurity, immigration, land use and planning, LGBTQ+, racial justice, seniors, veterans, or other (please specify).
Statement on Civic Engagement with Faith-Based and Political Organizations
Oregon State University is a public institution. As such, institutional activities, including those of departments such as the Center for Civic Engagement, must serve a secular and non-partisan purpose.
A comprehensive definition of civic engagement includes all the ways that community members contribute to the quality of life in the communities in which we live, including political action as well as service to faith-based communities. Participation in partisan politics and/or religious activity can be a critical part of the civic identity of OSU students.
However, the mandate of the public institution requires that the CCE not engage in the promotion of specific political parties or religions. Therefore, the CCE cannot affiliate with political groups and religious institutions for those purposes, for example, a political campaign for public office. The CCE can affiliate with groups that provide a secular or non-partisan service to the general public, for example, a church that hosts a community food bank or a government/community group promoting voter registration.