To Learn. To Search. To Serve. There is, perhaps, no better way to envision the ideals etched in the SUNY seal than to discuss the vibrant citizenship of SUNY students, faculty, and staff. Civic engagement suggests an intentional focus on one’s social and political responsibilities stemming from a deep understanding of how citizens convene using democratic principles to imagine a fairer, smarter, and better world. Many SUNY campuses house centers or programs for civic engagement, and an increased civic pride, self-efficacy, and deeper interest in learning have all been cited as positive outcomes of service-learning and community service student experiences. Here are a few guidelines to get you started on your way to becoming a responsible and engaged citizen this semester!
Elise is Director of Applied Learning at SUNY System Administration.