Civic Engagement

What is Civic Engagement?

Civic engagement consists of students, faculty, and staff voluntarily engaging in opportunities to address a wide variety of social issues and support under-served groups and communities.

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

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.
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Volunteerism is just one part of civic engagement, but it plays a significant role here at Sam Houston State University - where our motto is "The measure of a Life is its Service". Through on-campus organizations and offices, Bearkats are able to find numerous opportunities to work with various community partners.

JustServe’s database provides opportunities to get involved. Search for a specific location, organization, or project at

If you are looking for other volunteer options, you can contact Leadership Initiatives. You can also check out these SHSU programs that are involved in the community.