Civic Engagement Resources

The 2012 Association of American Colleges and Universities National Task Force on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement recommended that Americans:

  1. Reclaim and reinvest in the fundamental civic and democratic mission of schools and of all sectors within higher education
  2. Enlarge the current national narrative that erases civic aims and civic literacy as educational priorities contributing to social, intellectual, and economic capital
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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.

Pictures from the 2017 Langenberg Lecture