Civic and Community Engagement

Civic and Community Engagement

Civic Engagement refers to the ways in which citizens participate in the life of a community in order to improve conditions for others or to help shape the community's future.

At Penn State Behrend, our goal is to connect students to the community in which they live and the world around them. Through experiences such as philanthropy, volunteering, service-learning (for credit), and civic leadership, students will continue to evolve in their role as citizens and develop knowledge, skills, values, and motivation to be active participants in their community and lead lives of civic engagement.

Learning Outcomes

  • Define community and describe citizenship as one’s civic responsibility, and active participation in community.
  • Identify and demonstrate empathy in order to understand self, others and community.
  • Discover and engage in different forms of civic engagement.
  • Recognize their ability to challenge assumptions and empower others to make a difference.

Contact: Assistant Director of Civic Engagement & The Smith Chapel
Office: Smith Chapel
Email: psbservice@psu.edu
Phone: 814-898-6609

Visit the Civic Engagement website to learn about new programs, exciting opportunities, and resources to connect you and your community.
 


Why do we care?

  • Penn State Values: COMMUNITY
    We work together for the betterment of our University, the communities we serve, and the world. (View the entire list of Penn State Values.)

What do we care about?

  • Service to others: Discover and engage in different forms of civic engagement and understand citizenship as one’s personal responsibility.
  • Empathize with others: identify and demonstrate empathy in order to understand self, others and community.
  • Impact on others: Recognize your ability to challenge assumptions and empower others to make a difference.

Civic Engagement Opportunities

  • Service Learning, Off-Campus Work Study, and Internships
  • Volunteerism
  • Philanthropy Programs
    • Back to School Supply Drive
    • Thanksgiving Food Drive
    • Shining Star Program Holiday Gift Program
  • Alternative Break Program: Alternative Spring Break is a week long service trip that offers students a complete immersion into a community that is different from their own, allowing them to learn about themselves and others. Past ASB groups have traveled to the Gulf Coast region to help rebuild homes devastated by Hurricane Katrina.
  • Hunger & Homelessness Week: This week-long program features a variety of service opportunities aimed at raising awareness of this issue of hunger and homelessness. In past years, the Behrend Community has collected food, household items, and monetary donations for Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwestern Pennsylvania and also has also hosted a Cardboard City, a Poverty Simulation, a speaker, and an Empty Bowls Lunch.