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Civic Engagement

Students engage in community-engaged experiences closely tied to courses and themes.

Civic engagement activities like community-engaged learning, community-engaged research, community involvement, and student activism support the liberal education model within Southwestern University.  These activities educate the whole student and foster the development of active and responsible students.  Structured civic engagement that connects community identified needs and includes guided student reflection, provides a delivery method for faculty to integrate multiple perspectives and promote interdisciplinary learning.

Paideia encourages faculty to develop community-engaged learning and research components in their courses.  The development of clusters and seminars include civic engagement and explicitly link their themes to issues in the community.  Paideia supports civic engagement across the curriculum and offers more to the student’s enhanced opportunities to make connections between their work in and outside of the classroom. 

Click here for Paideia civic engagement stories.