About Civic Engagement

What is Civic Engagement?

"Civic engagement means working to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make that difference. It means promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes.

   from "Civic Responsibility and Higher Education," edited by Thomas Ehrlich, Oryx Press, 2000.

Civic Engagement Coalition

The Civic Engagement Coalition assists the Civic Engagement Coordinator to coordinate purposeful experiences within and beyond the classroom to develop knowledge, skills, motivation, and practice necessary for becoming responsible, engaged citizens in a pluralistic, democratic society. 

The coalition is composed of students, faculty, and staff who are interested in furthering the mission of the committee and is chaired by the Civic Engagement Coordinator.  While all interested members of the college community are encouraged to serve on the CEC, the following areas should be represented:

  • The four academic schools/colleges and Penfield Library
  • Student Association Office of Civic Engagement
  • The Center for Community Service and Service Learning
  • Residence Life and Housing
  • Offices directly engaged in linking the college with the wider Oswego community, such as The Offices of Experience Based Education, Business and Community Relations, and Extended Learning.
  • The Associate Provost, Chair of Faculty Assembly, and Dean for Student Affairs serve ex officio.

The committee meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 3 pm during the academic year to report on and make recommendations about curricular and co-curricular civic engagement activity.

Membership for 2013-2014:

Civic Engagement is part of SUNY Oswego's Sesquicentennial Plan