The Community Leadership and Civic Engagement (CLCE) major and the Certificate of Undergraduate Study in Civic Engagement are both designed to allow students opportunities for hands-on learning. Through projects with partnering nonprofit organizations, students are able to apply their classroom learning to practical situations.
Engagement combines civic participation with academic rigor so that both students and the community benefit. Students collaborate with others from class to work in a professional capacity with a nonprofit organization. These projects can be added to the students’ resumes as part of their professional work experience. Examples of previous engagement projects include:
Creating a community garden plan for a historic residence and museum
Developing marketing plans to engage younger clients
Organizing fundraising events for an animal shelter
Creating board orientation materials to be used for new members
Blending theory with practice is a very important part of our approach to learning. Through this method, CLCE students have real-world experiences that contribute strongly to their academic and professional background.