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Mission Statement

The mission of the Office of Civic Engagement is to create a campus of citizens who are civically aware, skilled, and committed to act for the public good.The Office of Civic Engagement accomplishes this mission through curricular and co-curricular activities that create opportunities for citizens to find a meaningful role in their local, regional, national, and international communities.

Community-Based Learning

Community-Based Learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities. 

Civic Engagement

Civic engagement is intentional and thoughtful activity that engages students in social and political activities that build community capacity.  Successful civic engagement happens when students, faculty and community partners work together to plan, implement and assess a project.

Activities and Events

(These activities summarize activities and events from the past and present.)

Volunteer Opportunities
· Community Involvement Fair
· Book Groups
· Sustainability Fair
· Film and Documentary Screenings
· Panel Discussions
· American Democracy Project Activities
· Webinars and Workshops
· Lake Superior Service-Learning Regional Conference
· Tutoring and Mentoring
· Citizens in Action Workshops
· Mini Grant Funding

Program Accomplishments

  • 2011-2012: 2631 volunteers, 42,292 hours of direct service
  • 2010-2011: 1,485 volunteers, 27,958 hours of direct service
  • 2009-2010: 2,022 volunteers, 33,484 hours of direct service
  • 2008-2009:
  • 2007-2008:
  • 2006-2007: 1,751 volunteers at 93 sites, 48,476 hours of direct service
  • 2005-2006: 1,324 volunteers, 41,159 hours of direct service
  • 2004-2005: 1,013 volunteers at 112 sites, 54,342 hours of direct service
  • 2003-2004: 1,118 volunteers at 119 sites, 34,046 hours of direct service
  • 2002-2003: 1,226 volunteers at 114 sites, 33, 243 hours of direct service
  • 2000-2001: 869 tutors at 56 sites tutored 8,550 children, compiled 19,635 hours of direct academic support to those children
  • 1999-2000: 474 tutors at 42 sites, tutored approximately 5,530 children
  • 1998-1999: 211 tutors at 25 sites, tutored approximately 1,600 children


  • 97% of pre-K-12 children tutored experienced academic improvement.
  • Teachers and staff noted increased self-esteem, improved attitudes towards learning, as well as more timely completion of assignments.


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