Center for Civic Engagement

What is Civic Engagement?

Civic engagement at Nazareth College is a form of experiential learning in which students participate in individual and/or collective actions that are designed to identify and address issues of public concern. It can be for credit or not for credit. Students “test out” concepts and theories, become agents of their own learning in transformative ways while exploring their roles in the local and global communities through reciprocal and mutually beneficial partnerships with community-based organizations.

According to The Pew Charitable Trusts:

Civic engagement can take many forms, from individual voluntarism to organizational involvement to electoral participation. It can include efforts to directly address an issue, work with others in a community to solve a problem or interact with the institutions of representative democracy. Civic engagement encompasses a range of specific activities such as working in a soup kitchen, serving on a neighborhood association, writing a letter to an elected official or voting. Indeed, an underlying principal of our approach is that an engaged citizen should have the ability, agency and opportunity to move comfortably among these various types of civic acts.
Source: Michael Delli Carpini, Director, Public Policy, The Pew Charitable Trusts.

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The programs page outlines many opportunities for non-credit bearing civic engagement opportunities. The Center for Service-Learning outlines opportunities that are credit-bearing engagement opportunities.

Characteristics of Civic Engagement

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EngageNaz News
October 19th
Help Support Saint's Place by attending the award winning documentary "God Grew Tired of Us."When: Sunday, November 20th from 2:30pm- 5:30 pmWhere: The Little Theater, 240 East Avenue Rochester NY. Parking at Two Vine.Cost: $25.00Please RSVP through the l…
October 19th
Help support the Nazareth College Dance Team when you dine at Panera Bread!When: Thursday October 20th from 4:00pm- 8:00pmWhere: 1902 Monroe Avenue, Rochester, NY 14618Simply show this flyer when you make your purchase and a portion of the proceeds will g…
October 5th
Help your community grow by volunteering with Lakeshore Elementary as they build a community garden!Lakeshore Elementary has asked for volunteers to help get their community garden growing! Volunteers will help dig holes for the garden fence and help cons…