The Civic Engagement Scholars program educates, prepares, and inspires students to become agents of change in their communities and in society. Scholars acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to become engaged, active citizens throughout their lives. Building on academic study, service-learning, community based research, and critical analysis of social issues, the scholars link knowledge and social action to address unmet human needs in collaboration with the local community.
Over the course of two-three years (depending on how a student organizes his/her schedule), students participate in course work, service-learning, seminars, service trips and workshops that will engage them in understanding the needs and problems of the local community and how to respond to these needs. Toward this end, students will serve in, study and develop genuine partnerships with local community agencies over the course of their time in the program. The program will culminate in the students exploring multiple pathways (e.g., service, policy, community-based research, public awareness/community education and innovation/social entrepreneurship) through which they can make their own contribution to the local community in response to identified community needs.
The Civic Engagement Scholars program exists in partnership with the Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement.