At Wagner College, civic engagement takes on many forms and the Center of Leadership and Engagement houses some of these programs and efforts while also support much more that takes place elsewhere on campus and in the community. The CLE believes that engagement begins with people who decide to learn together, become more committed, and become better able to support the well being of communities through democratic and collaborative work.
The range of civic engagement options includes but is not limited to:
- Direct service
- Internships with neighborhood organizations
- Place-based learning and research
- Public policy advocacy
- Regular participation in meetings and community forums
- Ongoing discussion and deliberation about pressing social challenges.
As an institution of higher education, Wagner College supports the development of a civically engaged academic environment by deepening relationships among students, faculty, staff, and community members through classroom, co-curricular, and place-based learning. In all of these contexts, it is vital to reflect critically on experience and to relate new insights to both local and global concerns. At its best, college-supported civic engagement increases motivation to go on learning, raises civic consciousness and commitment, fosters empowerment through hands-on participation that addresses community-identified issues, and supports the continuing improvement of our overall quality of life.
Graduates speaking about their civic engagement work
Elizabeth Harrington speaks at the Evelyn L. Spiro School of Nursing pinning ceremony about her experience in Port Richmond:
James Alicea speaks at Commencement 2013 about civic engagement, the influence of his mother and the importance of giving voice: