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Engaging Minds, Transforming Lives

Civic Engagement

The Office of Civic Engagement (OCE) collaborates with students, faculty, and community organizations to develop innovative projects that bring together learning goals, passions, and community needs.

We encourage students to develop and act upon a heightened sense of responsibility to one’s communities. Through civic engagement, individuals —as citizens of their communities, their nations, and the world— are empowered as agents of positive social change for a more democratic world. SU students are civically engaged as community-engaged learners, activists, and volunteers in the community.

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    The OCE serves as a link to the greater Georgetown community, assisting SU students in identifying local nonprofits that will provide quality opportunities for students to match their passions and academic work with their interests in social change. We work with students, organizations, and cohorts, and also coordinate regular workshops and discussions about civic engagement issues.
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    We work with faculty to develop community projects that result in desired learning outcomes & meaningful partnerships with community organizations.  We provide information on and connections to local social and public service agencies, discipline-specific and interdisciplinary models of community-engaged learning and research in higher education, tools to evaluate and assess CEL, and faculty development workshops to facilitate the implementation of CEL in academic courses.
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    We work with community organizations to establish connections between Georgetown nonprofits and the SU community. Our office provides resources about best practices for community-university partnerships, and hosts on-campus events intended to bring together all of our stakeholders.  We promote sustained, mutually beneficial collaborations that emphasize student learning and community benefits.