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Civic Engagement

Civic Engagement

Civic engagement at Illinois State University prepares students to be informed and engaged global citizens who will promote and further the goals of society. The University promotes active learning experiences through which students will gain an awareness and understanding of civic engagement as a lifelong responsibility. The University partners with business, industry, government, and educational entities providing leadership in local, statewide, national, and international initiatives; expanding service and outreach; and enhancing financial support for instructional, scholarly, and service activities.

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Minor in Civic Engagement

This 21 hour minor is intended to prepare students to actively engage in their citizenship. The interdisciplinary minor is open to all students of any ideological viewpoint and can be positively matched with any major as a way to broaden the student's learning experience and career perspectives.

Stevenson Center for Community and Economic Development

Graduate programs: Since 1994, the Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows program has further developed the skills of returned Peace Corps Volunteers. The Applied Community and Economic Development (ACED) Fellows program is for those with other kinds of experience, for example through AmeriCorps. Both Fellows programs are applied:  after a calendar year of intense coursework, students complete 11 months of professional practice, serving organizations and communities across the U.S.  The interdisciplinary programs allow students to pursue master’s degrees in anthropology, applied economics, political science, kinesiology and recreation, or sociology.

Undergraduate program: The core components of the Peace Corps Prep program are meaningful preparation not only for service in Peace Corps but also for employment generally, whether in the U.S. or abroad. The program is open to students in any major and builds on existing classes and resources. Students combine classes with field experiences, develop intercultural competence, take on leadership roles, prepare to interview, and refine their resumes as they prepare to launch their careers. 

Ethnic Studies minor

This minor examines how social categories like race, indigeneity, culture, ethnicity, and nation are conceptualized. The program at Illinois State allows participants to examine regional, national, and global dimensions of these experiences. In particular, students take courses focusing on the history and contemporary dynamics of both the United States itself and of the countries outside of Europe (including the First Nations of the Americas) from which significant parts of our populations have emigrated or originated.

Chicago Teacher Education Pipeline

The Chicago Teacher Education Pipeline is a boutique program provided by Illinois State University. With generous support from the US Department of Education, students starting as early as 7th grade can enter the pipeline to become a teacher for Chicago Public Schools.

Urban Studies

This minor offers the opportunity to learn about urban places primarily from a social-science perspective, although the sequence will also benefit those with majors in the arts and humanities, business, social services, and other fields. This sequence will be useful especially to those who envision pursuing careers in urban-related fields within public administration, planning, preservation, public history, community development, and social services or to those who wish to pursue graduate study in these areas.

American Democracy Project

The American Democracy Project at Illinois State is a cooperative effort by students, faculty, staff, and administration. American Democracy Project embraces all organized activities designed to promote constructive civic engagement on the part of undergraduates while they are on campus, and after they graduate. Building on a wide variety of such activity already occurring at Illinois State, the American Democracy Project is designed to serve as a catalyst for programmatic changes that will ensure all Illinois State students are fully prepared to assume a responsible role as contributors to civic society.

Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology

The Center for Teaching and Learning help faculty and staff incorporates many aspects of civic engagement into their classrooms. Community Engagement Learning Grant Program is intended to support incorporating the principles and goals of ISU’s core value of civic engagement into students’ curricular experiences. Classroom/Community Interaction Workshops teaches how to utilize civic engagement to enhance courses and excite students. Teaching-Learning Communities (TLCs) are small groups of faculty (5-12 members) who meet regularly each semester to discuss specific topics of shared interest or to meet the needs of specific groups.

Dean of Students

Through a variety of services, solutions, and support, the Dean of Students Office helps students apply what they learn in the classroom to real-life practice. The Dean of Students Office also serves as a student support network to encourage civic engagement outside of the classroom.

Latest News

Educating Illinois online survey open until February 24 article thumbnailEducating Illinois online survey open until February 24An online survey to offer input on the next Educating Illinois strategic plan will be available until February 24.  ...
International Seminar Series: Gizzi to discuss Israeli-Palestinian conflict, February 22 article thumbnailInternational Seminar Series: Gizzi to discuss Israeli-Palestinian conflict, February 22The Spring 2017 International Seminar Series will highlight “Peace and Conflict Resolution.”  ...
Alumna of Stevenson Center returns as program coordinator article thumbnailAlumna of Stevenson Center returns as program coordinatorKatie Raynor knows first-hand what it means to give back. She is more dedicated than most, serving in AmeriCorps and Peace Corps before graduate school and a role that allows her to aid and inspire future community and economic development leaders. ...
Food Access and Food Rescue Summit, March 3 article thumbnailFood Access and Food Rescue Summit, March 3The McLean County Wellness Coalition and Illinois State University will host a Food Access and Food Rescue Summit at the Illinois State University Alumni Center, located at 1101 N. Main St. The event will be from 8:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. March 3.  ...
Students use accounting skills to help community with taxes article thumbnailStudents use accounting skills to help community with taxesStudents in the College of Business are putting their accounting skills to use by helping community members in need of tax assistance. ...

Upcoming Events

Gamma Phi Circus Morning Show Registration OPEN
Mon, September 19, 2016 9:00 AM - Mon, March 27, 2017 4:00 PM See Event Website - Online - Please visit link for more information

Physics Colloquium Series: Prof. Robert Wagner
Tue, October 25, 2016 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Moulton Hall (MLT), 214 - Free and open to the public

International Seminar Series: The 2016 Elections and Middle East Policy
Wed, October 26, 2016 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Bone Student Center (BON), Prairie Room Center

ShakesFEAR! A Haunted Halloween Experience
Thu, October 27, 2016 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM Ewing Cultural Center - $5 Children/Students, $7 Adults ($10 at door)

Informal Physics Seminar Series: Prof. Tony Joseph
Fri, October 28, 2016 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Moulton Hall (MLT), 309 - Free and open to the public

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