The Center for Ethics & Civic Engagement develops pathways for students to become socially responsible leaders and citizens who are prepared to create positive change in the world.
About the Center
Students involved with the Center are encouraged to become active citizens by learning about and building the capacities of their local communities. As they find creative, effective ways to serve their campus, local and global communities, they also make valuable connections and develop professional skills and competencies.
The Center also has a federal work-study program for students interested in positively impacting their communities while receiving financial support for their college endeavors.
For more information about work-study through the Center for Ethics and Civic Engagement, email the Director of the Center for Ethics and Civic Engagement Vippy Yee.
The Center was launched in the fall of 2018 with a campus-wide voter registration and education campaign that included 7 voter registration drives, non-partisan candidate guides, and Get out the Vote public service announcements that featured Penn State community members.
For more information about voter awareness and registration, visit Penn State Libraries’ Voting and Elections resource page.
The Center’s MLK Day of Service Celebration brought together over 200 Penn State students and community members to focus on acts of kindness, inclusion and artistic expressions of Dr. King’s legacy. This community-wide effort involved 13 student clubs and benefited local and national non-profit organizations.
Faculty, staff and students also use the Center to connect with Penn State Brandywine’s community partners. By working with these entities, students involved with the Center learn the importance of community and public service while gaining valuable educational experiences outside of the classroom.
Civic and Community Engagement
Many of the Brandywine students who volunteer with the center opt to pursue a minor in Civic and Community Engagement (CIVCM). The CIVCM minor uses a balanced program of fieldwork and classroom experience to help Brandywine students integrate community engagement into their academic and professional careers.
Brandywine students can also engage with the Center through partnership with the CIVCM Club, a student-run organization that plans volunteer opportunities throughout the year and encourages students to develop leadership and character through community service.
For more information about the CIVCM club, contact the organization’s student leaders.