Civic Engagement Pathways Hub

Elon University helps prepare every student to participate in community and civic engagement, gaining community engagement skills and an understanding of their civic responsibilities.

In building a “college for the world,” Elon’s founders envisioned the power of education to lift
communities. Elon aims to be the architect of an innovative model for how universities develop reciprocal partnerships and collaborative solutions to advance healthy, prosperous, and socially just communities in Alamance and Guilford Counties and around the world.

Elon University’s mission involves preparing students to be global citizens and informed leaders motivated by concern for the common good. The scaffolded experiences below are examples of curricular and co-curricular experiences designed to help prepare every student to participate in community-based learning opportunities and gain a broader understanding of their civic responsibilities.

Civic Learning Spiral

The Civic Learning Spiral (Musil 2009) is a framework designed to help educate students to be informed, responsible, and civically engaged members of society. These six civic learning braids are designed for integration into curricular and co-curricular experiences:
Communities and Culture
Public Action

CAA Grant Project Resources

Community Engagement and Partnership Inventory (CEPI)

Community Engagement Terms and Meanings

Civic Engagement Pathways

ENGAGE (Level One)

Participate in an Elon Volunteers! community-based learning volunteer experience through the Kernodle Center for Civic Life
Participate in a Leadershop hosted by the Center for Leadership
Register to vote through Elon Votes!
Take part in the Intersect: Diversity and Leadership Conference sponsored by the CREDE and Center for Leadership
Attend a Town of Elon Town Council Meeting
Attend an Elon by Design workshop hosted by the Center for Design Thinking
Take part in the Elon Innovation Challenge sponsored by the Doherty Center for Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Become a member of the Service Living Learning Community through the Kernodle Center for Civic Life

IMMERSE (Level Two)

Take a Community-Based Learning course (formerly Academic Service-Learning) offered by faculty across campus
Complete the Service Experiential Learning Requirement with the Kernodle Center for Civic Life
Take a Human Service Studies course
Enroll in a Poverty and Social Justice class
Study abroad for the winter term or a semester through the Global Education Center
Participate in an Alternative Breaks program through the Kernodle Center for Civic Life
Take a Political Science and Policy Studies course
Become a tutor with The Village Project through the Center for Access and Success
Take a Public Health Studies course
Take part in the Campus Alamance summer internship program through the Student Professional Development Center
Work with the Elon University Poll
Become an Eco-Rep in the Office of Sustainability
Be an Elon Academy Summer Mentor through the Center for Access and Success
Be an Alamance Youth Leadership Academy leader through the Center for Leadership

INTEGRATE (Level Three)

Participate in the Periclean Scholars program
Serve as an Elon Volunteers! student leader through the Kernodle Center for Civic Life
Take part in the Peace Corps Prep program
Complete the Poverty and Social Justice minor 
Major in Human Service Studies
Participate in the Multifaith Scholars program 
Participate in an Undergraduate Research Program community-based undergraduate research project

COMMIT (Level Four: Post-Graduate Experiences)

Participate in the Elon Year of Service Fellows program 
Participate in AmeriCorps
Participate in Teach for America
Join the Peace Corps 
Work with the Humanitarian Immigration Law Clinic as a student in the Elon University School of Law
Launch a career advancing the public good with assistance from the Student Professional Development Center 

Video Modules

Community-Based Learning Resources: Articles, Books, Podcasts, and Toolkits

Alamance County Resources