Engaging Minds, Transforming Lives

Civic Engagement

About Us

66% of Southwestern’s student population participates in some form of civic engagement. During the 2014-2015 academic year, 1,024 students spent nearly 14,000 hours performing co-curricular outreach as volunteers and activists. The OCE helps facilitate these opportunities so that they are mutually beneficial to the community and SU Student Learning.


Dr. Brackmann
Sarah Brackmann directs the Office of Civic Engagement at Southwestern University. Dr. Brackmann completed her Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Georgia, where her research focused on the impact of decreased public funding on community engagement programs. She earned a Masters of Arts in Higher Education and Student Affairs with a concentration in service-learning from The Ohio State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Xavier University (OH).





Laurie Avery
’14 is the Coordinator of Civic Engagement at Southwestern University. She obtained a B.A. in Sociology and placed an emphasis on fostering sustainable agriculture as a means of social justice. As a student, Avery was involved in multiple student organizations on campus. She mentored with Operation Achievement, was a member of the Garden Club, held several officer positions in Delta Delta Delta, and was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society. She is currently the advisor for Sustain, an organization for sutained civic engagement and host of The BIG Event. Her passions include learning Spanish, traveling abroad, and civil rights activism. 




Kathryn Reagan is a senior at Southwestern University. She is a computer science major, math minor, and unofficially majoring in all things civic engagement. She has been a student worker for the OCE for three years and has been very involved with Sustain, the organization which hosts The BIG Event. She is also president of Alpha Phi Omega and a member of Southwestern’s Computer Science Club. Reagan is passionate about women in technology (like Ada Lovelace and Grace Hopper) and empowering individuals to get involved with their community. In particular, she is very connected to and fond of the Georgetown community.



Jordan Herbert is a sophomore at Southwestern University. She is a vocalist majoring in music education, and this will be her second year as a student worker for the Office of Civic Engagement. Jordan is involved in Southwestern Sustain, is in the Investigating Identity Paideia cluster, and is a member of Delta Omicron. She is also a new member of the Catalyst, helps lead Tuesday Night Worship, and is a College YoungLife Leader. She’s locally from Austin, TX, and loves laughing and sweet tea.