Overview of Civic Engagement

Illinois State Capitol

Civic Engagement at UIS

There are lots of civic engagement opportunities here at UIS. Click on the links below for more information on how you can start getting involved.

Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center

Independent Resources

Check out our Civic Engagement Resource Page for links to more civic engagement tools.

What is Civic Engagement?

Generally, the term “Civic Engagement” can refer to any practice that addresses the public good. Though there’s some dispute over the specifics (what actions “count” as civic engagement), it is a good umbrella term to describe the practice of citizens (both American and global) who work towards the betterment of their community through community building, political engagement, volunteer service, constructive dialogue, advocacy, and many other similar activities.