Engaging Minds, Transforming Lives

Civic Engagement

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

Consistent with Southwestern’s core values, 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. Southwestern students are civically engaged as community-engaged learners, activists, and volunteers in the community.

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    Paideia and the offices of Intercultural Learning, Civic Engagement and Residence Life are piloting a new living-learning experience for sophomores. The Global Engagement Resident Hall is dedicated to helping students explore their own values in the context of individual responsibility to local, regional and global communities. 
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    The new Community-Engaged Learning Fellows program fosters connections between the classroom and community. We work with faculty to develop projects that result in desired learning outcomes & meaningful partnerships with community organizations. 
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    United Way of Williamson County selected Southwestern University as it’s Volunteer Partner of the Year. Some United Way agencies that Southwestern students have volunteered at include the Literacy Council, Meals on Wheels, Hope Alliance and the Annunciation Maternity Home