Seminole State supports and develops civic learning and democratic engagement opportunities for students.
As defined by T. Ehrlich in "Civic Responsibility and Higher Education," civic engagement means "working to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make that difference. It means promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes."
Programs focus on the following outcomes to move students across the civic engagement continuum:
- Increase student awareness of community needs through exchange of views, open forums such as deliberative dialogues, workshops and speakers.
- Educate students on societal impacts on community issues, such as importance of recycling, hunger among students/children and college readiness for middle/high school students, as well as political processes.
- Develop motivation and skills to make positive difference in communities such as planning, implementing and evaluating community service and political action events; cultural competence; leadership development; and ethical reasoning.
- Provide opportunities for students to take civic action, such as community service projects, planning projects, voter registration and the Civic Scholars Program.