The Civic Engagement Certificate program prepares undergraduate students to be active and informed members of society. Through the program, students develop a strong civic network, work in meaningful ways with local communities and efforts to address public problems, and further their knowledge, skills, values, and motivations to be effective and responsible participants in civic life. Students who complete the civic engagement certificate
Applications for the 2018-2019 cohort will open in Spring 2018.
Daniel Espiritu, Class of 2020 - I grew up in Orange, California. One interesting thing about me is that I enjoy Star Wars a little too much. I am participating in the Civic Engagement Certificate program because I am passionate about public service and civic engagement. I feel that this program will allow me to develop my leadership skills and be an effective actor in the battle for social change. To me, civic engagement means working with others in order to promote the well-being of humanity. Although I am passionate about several issues, one thing that always comes to mind is justice and alleviation for those in poverty.
Michaela Perry, Class of 2019 - I was raised in Las Vegas, Nevada and have been a member of the Boy Scouts of America, through a program called Venturing, for almost five years now. By completing the Civic Engagement Certificate program, I hope to further my passion and skills for standing up for what I believe in and helping out in any community that I am able to be of service to. Personally, I am very passionate about creating equity among individuals and I believe I have a responsibility to use my leadership experience to foster that.
No, the certificate program is co-curricular in nature. While elements of the program require completion of coursework and can be completed in tandem with for-credit experiences, the program is not housed within an academic department.
The seminar will involve weekly meetings with other students in the program, but will not grant credit upon completion. An emphasis will be placed on ongoing civic reflection, but there will be no formal homework or assignments required.
While avenues for and the value of political engagement will be explored, the program is intended to engage students in developing their knowledge about, skills in, and motivations for whatever pathway for civic engagement (e.g. community organizing, direct community service, political engagement, social entrepreneurship) is most meaningful to them.
There are no required expenses associated with participation in the program. Students admitted into the program will be eligible for up to $500 to support the implementation of their civic capstone project.
Students in the program are encouraged to focus their energy on a public issue that is important to them. Upon completion of the immersion requirements, students should have course- and community-based experiences that inform the design and intended outcomes of their civic capstone project.
Yes, students accepted into the program can work collaboratively on a civic capstone project.
Yes, program participants can focus their civic capstone project on a need affecting a local, national, or global community.