Civic Engagement


Facilitator Members
Brett Ashmun, Liberal Studies - Umar Ghuman, Political Science & Public Administration
​- Dave Colnic, Political Science & Public Administration
- Elvin Aleman, Chemistry
- Mark Grobner, Biological Sciences
- Mary Jo Stanley, School of Nursing


Defining Civic Engagement

The Civic Engagement FLC began by reviewing the VALUE Rubric definition of civic engagement and other literature. After reviewing the literature, the GLC developed a working definition of Civic Engagement:

Civic Engagement is working towards the positive development of our students, ourselves, and
our community. In order to be engaged, we must be informed on, understand, or be actively
researching local and national issues and the resources that are available to build complementary
relationships with so that we can provide students and faculty with a vision for the educational
value and lifelong benefits that come with civic engagement.

Civic engagement will be tied directly to advocacy, inclusion, empathy, and the seeking of
improving the lives of others. In order to successfully implement civic engagement at the
university, it is our responsibility to assist students with the resources needed and with instilling a
deep (lifelong) understanding of the importance of civic engagement and supporting faculty in
designing curriculum that provides opportunities for students, faculty, and community members to
come together in supportive relationships for the sake of the betterment of our community and the
people within it. Together (students and faculty), we must move towards awareness, participation,
advocacy, and meaningful work in hopes of promoting our society.

The FLC decided that it would be beneficial to continue to gather campus feedback on the definition and organized a focus group session for faculty in spring 2018. In fall 2018, focus group data will be used to develop a survey to departments. 

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