What is Civic Engagement?

Civic Engagement

Civic Engagement is “working to make a positive difference in the life of our communities and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make that difference. Additionally, civic engagement encompasses actions wherein individuals participate in activities of personal and public concern that are both individually life enriching and socially beneficial to the community.” (adapted from Thomas Ehrlich, 2000)


Community Engagement

Community Engagement describes the collaboration between institutions of higher education and their communities (local, regional/state, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity. (Adapted from the Carnegie Foundation and cited in the Glossary of Terms for GVSU’s Strategic Plan 2016 – 2021)


Examples of civic and community engagement can be seen through these Partnerships in Action.



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