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Civic Engagement

Democracy only works when everyone participates. Student Leadership and Civic Engagement supports students in using their right to vote, and in actively contributing to their communities. Through resources and programs for voter registration, education, and participation, we support students in making their voices heard and being informed and active citizens.

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Civic Engagement Workshop: Defining Civic Engagement in the Digital Age  – Tuesday, Feb. 15, 4-5pm, go.uic.edu/febcivicworks

Civic Engagement Workshop: Topic TBD – Tuesday, Mar. 15, 4-5pm, go.uic.edu/marchcivicworks

Civic Engagement Workshop: Topic TBD – Tuesday, Apr. 12, 4-5pm, go.uic.edu/aprilcivicworks

Last Day to Register to Vote OnlineSunday, Jun. 12 

On-Campus Early Voting (City of Chicago Residents Only) for the 2022 Midterm Primary ElectionsWednesday, Jun. 22, Student Center East

Party at the PollsWednesday, Jun. 22, Campus Location and Time TBD

Last day to apply for Vote By Mail ballot  –  Thursday, Jun. 23

On-Campus Early Voting (City of Chicago Residents Only) for the 2022 Midterm Primary ElectionsThursday, Jun. 23, Student Center East

Party at the PollsThursday, Jun. 23, Campus Location and Time TBD

On-Campus Early Voting (City of Chicago Residents Only) for the 2022 Midterm Primary ElectionsFriday, Jun. 24, Student Center East

Party at the PollsFriday, Jun. 24, Campus Location and Time TBD

Midterm Primary ElectionsTuesday, Jun. 28

Register to Vote or Check Your Registration Here!

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Our Civic Engagement work is grounded in the following definitions:

  • Civic engagement means working to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivations to make that difference. It means promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes” (Civic Responsibility in Higher Education, Ehrlich, 2000, p.vi).
  • Civic learning and democratic engagement means promoting the education of students for engaged citizenship through democratic participation in their communities, respect and appreciation of diversity, applied learning, and social responsibility” (NASPA, https://www.naspa.org/focus-areas/civic-learning-and-democratic-engagement).
  • “Community engagement is collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity” (Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement).

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