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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. - Preface, page vi  

A morally and civically responsible individual recognizes himself or herself as a member of a larger social fabric and therefore considers social problems to be at least partly his or her own; such an individual is willing to see the moral and civic dimensions of issues, to make and justify informed moral and civic judgments, and to take action when appropriate. - Introduction, page xxvi 

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

Civic Engagement is often connected to experiential learning. Below are a few types of experiential learning that can relate to civic engagement. 

Volunteering or serving can mean giving back to the community in some way.

Many faculty at Linfield utilize community-based research, which involves projects that integrate and are created from actual community needs and data.  

Service-learning is a specific type of experiential learning that contains two elements: a cycle of learning and serving, and ensuring reciprocity of parties involved. Both the students doing the service learning and the partner organization benefit. 

Further resources about civic engagement can be found at: 


Interested in civic engagement at Linfield?

Program for Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement (PLACE)



Multicultural Programs

PDF of local service providers in Yamhill County