National Civic Engagement Organizations

The following resources can help to provide a deeper understanding of community engagement in its various forms. Please feel free to click on the links to learn more about these organizations and the work they are doing.

American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), American Democracy Project: The American Democracy Project (ADP) is a multi-campus initiative focused on higher education's role in preparing the next generation of informed, engaged citizens for our democracy. The project began in 2003 as an initiative of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), in partnership with The New York Times.

Campus Compact: As the only national higher education association dedicated solely to campus-based civic engagement, Campus Compact promotes public and community service that develops students' citizenship skills, helps campuses forge effective community partnerships, and provides resources and training for faculty seeking to integrate civic and community-based learning into the curriculum.

Coalition of Urban-Serving Universities: Through its initiatives: 1) creating a competitive workforce, 2) building strong communities, and 3) improving the health of a diverse population, USU is identifying and expanding innovative models of university-community partnerships across U.S. cities.

Community-Campus Partnerships for Health: Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) is a nonprofit organization that promotes health equity and social justice through partnerships between communities and academic institutions. CCPH views health broadly, as physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual well-being and emphasizes partnership approaches to health that focus on changing the conditions and environments in which people live, work and play.

Engagement Scholarship Consortium: The Engagement Scholarship Consortium (ESC), a 501 (c) (3) non-profit educational organization, is composed of higher education member institutions, a mix of state-public and private institutions. The goal of the ESC is to work collaboratively to build strong university-community partnerships anchored in the rigor of scholarship, and designed to help build community capacity.

Imagining America: A consortium of 90 colleges and universities, and their partners, IA emphasizes the possibilities of humanities, arts, and design in knowledge-generating initiatives. Such activity can span disciplines through collaborations with public health, environmental issues, community education, neighborhood development, and others.

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