The University of the South is committed to preparing students for lives of achievement and service.
Our Civic Engagement Vision
Active global citizens advancing economic, social, and environmental well-being.
Our Civic Engagement Mission
To cultivate knowledge, resources, and relationships to advance the economic, social, and environmental well-being of our communities.
To further this purpose, the University has developed a range of civic engagement programs, including extracurricular service, curricular problem-based projects and research, and volunteering. We work in partnership with local, regional, and international community organizations.
In addition to offering programs of its own, the Office of Civic Engagement serves as the central hub for civic engagement partnerships, and supports student and faculty civic engagement initiatives.
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What is civic engagement?
Civic engagement means cultivating a combination of knowledge, resources, and relationships to advance the economic, environmental, and human well-being of our communities, through both political and non-political processes. Civic engagement is a commitment to active collaboration wherein individuals participate in transformational learning that is both life enriching and socially beneficial in the context of the global community.
(Adapted from Civic Responsibility and Higher Education, edited by Thomas Ehrlich, published by Oryx Press, 2000, Preface, page vi).
Learn more about our framework for local community development here.