Civic Engagement at Wagner College
At Wagner College, civic engagement takes on many forms. We believe 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.
Higher education has an historic commitment to promote the public good. Aligned with Wagner College’s Plan for the Practical Liberal Arts, the civic engagement mission is to serve as an intellectual, practical, and ethical resource, connecting the Wagner College campus community with institutional and organizational partners on Staten Island and beyond, which share our commitment to confronting complex social, economic, and political issues through democratic engagement.
Minor in Civic Engagement
The intersection of academics and practical experience upholds Wagner’s commitment to nurturing civically engaged students. Students have the option to enhance their academic journeys through community experience by minoring in Civic Engagement to develop a civic identity and provide future employers with concrete evidence of students’ commitment and experience in civic engagement.
In recognition of Campus Compact‘s 30th anniversary in 2015-16, their Board of Directors asked member presidents and chancellors to join in signing an Action Statement, a declaration of shared commitment to the public purposes of higher education and a promise to develop a Campus Civic Action Plan to realize those purposes more fully.
Since then, more than 450 Presidents and Chancellors have signed on, committing their campuses to create and publicly share Civic Action Plans within a year. Wagner College is a proud Campus Compact member and one of the institutions that committed to create a Civic Action Plan for our college.