Civic Engagement at UMM
What is civic engagement? Many use a definition developed right here at the University of Minnesota. It describes civic engagement as an
institutional commitment to public purposes and responsibilities intended to strengthen a democratic way of life.
Here are some of the forms civic engagement takes at UMM.
An Academic Affairs and Student Affairs program located in the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning. Web site.
Service Learning is a classroom experience that utilizes community service, community-based research, or other civic
with regular reflection to meet course goals and community needs. Four initiatives offer multi-discipline, multi-class service learning
experiences: Arts and Cultural Opportunities, Elder Partnerships, Youth
Partnerships, Sustainable Living, and Social Responsibility.
Office of Community Engagement
The Office of Community Engagement links individual students, student organizations, athletic teams, residence hall floors, and individual courses in many majors to service-learning projects and volunteer opportunities in the regional community.
Center for Small Towns
A program of the Office of Continuing Education and Regional Programs. Web
CST is a community outreach program serving as a point-of-entry to the resources of the University of Minnesota. CST
focuses the University's attention and marshals its resources toward assisting Minnesota's small towns with locally identified issues by creating
applied learning opportunities for faculty and students. CST partners with local units of government, K-12 schools, non-profit organizations, and
other University units to address rural issues and support rural society.
Students create some of the most exciting aspects of UMM co-curricular life. Here are some student organizations
that focus on community service and engagement:
West Central Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnership
The WCRSDP serves west central Minnesota by promoting active citizenship; helping the west central region attain a
sustainable future; and building strong partnerships with the University of Minnesota and region. The partnership is a group of diverse citizens
and their University working together for viable, sustainable communities and enhanced quality of life.