Our division provides opportunities for students to engage in service and reflect on issues of local and global concern. Students cultivate a commitment to the common good and contribute to a better world as engaged citizens and change agents. Through advocacy, activism, philanthropy and service, our students can make an impact in the ways that matter to them most — while also enhancing their well-being and leadership skills.

 

Finding Connection

From days of service held throughout the year to Civic Engagement Week to Community Dialogues exploring tough issues to the Nonprofit Opportunities Fair, the Center for Civic Engagement helps organize events that educate, connect and challenge students. Often working with division partners, like the Human Services Resource Center, CCE helps students engage with and contribute to our OSU and local communities. And, depending on a student’s passion, there are lots of ways to get involved, whether through an organized OSU event or perusing the online database of service opportunities maintained by CCE.    

Civic Engagement Spotlight: Alternative Breaks

Alt Breaks encourage students to take a break — a break from the usual and from the routine, a break from the comfortable and from apathy. When students commit to participating in an Alternative Break, they commit to immersing themselves in a community, to learning deeply about others and to working alongside community members and new friends in pursuit of social change. An Alt Break consists of a weeklong service trip to one of several West Coast destinations, where students will discover the interconnectedness of social justice issues and while strengthening their own values.

Past participants have called their Alternative Break experiences, “inspiring,” “humbling,” “transformative,” and “eye-opening.” It’s the perfect opportunity for personal growth while initiating meaningful, long-term change. Students return from Alternative Breaks profoundly changed, more open-minded and self-aware, prepared and motivated to take on similar social justice issues in their own communities.

“I learned what it means to be an ally and explored issues relating to social injustice, inequality and policies,” former AltBreak participant Luis Rivera said. “This experience forced me to overcome my own preconceptions to better understand social issues and advocate for social change.”

 

Division Resources for Students

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We believe a better campus, a better community, a better experience happens when we come together. You are a student. You have a voice. Make it known — apply to be on a committee or to volunteer, register for an ASOSU internship or attend one of our events. We also have resources to help students navigate their educational experience. 

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Beavers Give a Dam is an interactive bystander program to prevent sexual violence. This skill building workshop offered by the Alcohol, Drug and Violence Prevention Center is customizable for different communities and aims to increase participants' motivation and confidence to intervene.

The Center for Civic Engagement facilitates community-based learning experiences to build community, enhance students' leadership skills and inspire positive change.

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In 2007, President Ed Ray commited to make OSU a carbon neutral institution by 2025. The Student Sustainability Initiative partners with organizations in the community to promote this mission through various programs.

The Human Services Resource Center works to bridge students and resource agencies that help with food security. A food pantry, health insurance subsidies, emergency housing and MealBux, a supplemental meal plan for students in financial need, are all available to students through the HSRC.

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The program pairs passionate students with campus departments and community organizations working to solve local and global sustainability challenges through research, education and community engagement. Students have the opportunity to develop leadership competencies and transferable skills through mentorship, networking and professional development.