Civic Impact and Leadership
What is Civic Engagement?
Civic Engagement simply means that you as a student can have an impact on your community, right here and now. We are committed to help provide the students of West Georgia with the opportunity to develop leadership skills and exercise them, right here and right now.
What is Civic Engagement at UWG?
UWG has adopted Thomas Ehrlich’s original definition of civic engagement, consistent with many other ADP institutions:
- "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."
-Ehrlich, T. (Ed.). (2000). Preface. Civic Responsibility and Higher Education. (p. vi). Oryx Press.
- "A morally and civically responsible individual recognizes [themselves] as a member of a larger social fabric and therefore considers social problems to be at least partly his or her own; such an individual is willing to see the moral and civic dimensions of issues, to make and justify informed moral and civic judgments, and to take action when appropriate."
-Ehrlich, T. (Ed.). (2000). Introduction. Civic Responsibility and Higher Education. (p. xxvi). Oryx Press.
UWG Civic Engagement Vision
- An enriching university experience includes engagement in the civic life of one’s community.
- Civically engaged students are likely to remain engaged post-graduation, thus enhancing participation and building stronger communities.
- Intentional curricular and co-curricular activities build the knowledge and skills that are hallmarks of the engaged citizen.
- Civic knowledge and skills can be enhanced through sustained deliberative, dialogic, and experiential programs.
- Community leadership ultimately takes the form of action, and those experienced in civic engagement can effectively commit such acts of leadership.
- In addition to student benefits, communities benefit from an active and engaged population of young participants as well.