A Model for Student-Driven Civic Education
Date & Time
Wednesday, March 30, 2022, 12:25 PM - 1:15 PM
(UTC-04:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Session Type
Knowledge-to-Action Workshop

In response to the pandemic, University of North Florida’s Center for Community-Based Learning pivoted from in-person to remote community community-based learning. UNF piloted a unique model uniting student employees, FPIRG interns, and CEEP/CVP fellows in a single office working toward common objectives, maximizing resources, including limited staff and a reluctant audience, for remote, student-designed projects. Maintaining the element of student choice in programming has encouraged students to make time in a challenging academic and mental health environment for co-curricular service. Because students are designing the activities themselves, we are not wasting time and resources on well-intended but poorly-attended engagement opportunities. Interns and fellows are later offered the opportunity to become paid student workers, supporting institutionalization of civic education and engagement.

|Learning outcomes:

  • strategies to maximize impact by utilizing new resources
  • a model for successful integration of external interns to campus civic engagement plans
  • strategies for responding to student choice to increase engagement - pitfalls to avoid in civic education