Civic Engagement Resources
On April 20, 2017, UMB hosted the Langenberg Lecture and Symposium: Civic Education, Civic Engagement, and Civic Responsibility: Foundations of a Democratic Society PDF download . The event was sponsored by USMF with collaboration from Maryland Association of Community Colleges, Maryland Higher Education Commission, Maryland Independent Colleges and Universities Association, Maryland State Department of Education and featured a lecture and conversation with the Honorable Barbara Mikulski, breakout sessions for leaders and practitioners from across the P-20 spectrum to discuss the role of higher education in democracy PDF download, and a panel discussion on the role of information in democracy.
We invite you to explore this site, contribute to it, and stay in touch with news of civic engagement work on your campus or in your community.
Senator Mikulski at the Civic Engagement Symposium
The 2012 Association of American Colleges and Universities National Task Force on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement recommended that Americans:
- Reclaim and reinvest in the fundamental civic and democratic mission of schools and of all sectors within higher education
- Enlarge the current national narrative that erases civic aims and civic literacy as educational priorities contributing to social, intellectual, and economic capital
- Advance a contemporary, comprehensive framework for civic learning—embracing US and global interdependence—that includes historic and modern understandings of democratic values, capacities to engage diverse perspectives and people, and commitment to collective civic problem solving
- Capitalize upon the interdependent responsibilities of K-12 and higher education to foster progressively higher levels of civic knowledge, skills, examined values, and action as expectations for every student
- Expand the number of robust, generative civic partnerships and alliances locally, nationally, and globally to address common problems, empower people to act, strengthen communities and nations, and generate new frontiers of knowledge
In response to these recommendations, a desired outcome of the April 2017 civic engagement symposium was to continue the conversation about deepening institutional practices with regard to civic engagement. One way to do this is to develop and maintain a repository of ideas and resources for USM and non-USM institutions to share so that they may find ideas and replicate best practices. Please explore the resources found to the right and share your work with us in the future.
- Symposium Summary
- What's Happening
- USM Institutions
- Frostburg State University Office of Civic Engagement
- Salisbury University Institute for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement
- Towson University Office of Engagement and Social Responsibility
- University of Maryland, Baltimore Office of Community Engagement
- University of Maryland, Baltimore County Civic Engagement and Leadership
- University of Maryland, College Park Leadership and Community Service Learning
- University of Maryland, College Park Civic Engagement Abroad Opportunities
- University of Baltimore College of Public Affairs Community Engagement Opportunities