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).





Kathryn Reagan is a junior 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 two years and is in her second year of chairing Sustain, the organization which hosts The BIG Event! She is also a service vice president in Alpha Phi Omega and a member of Southwestern’s Computer Science Club as well as the Honor Code Council. 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.