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Reviving and Revising the Civic Mission: A Radical Re-Imagining of “Civic Engagement”

Tuesday, May 19, 2015  
Posted by: CUMU Headquarters

Written by Tessa Hicks Peterson of Pitzer College recently published in Metropolitan Universities, this article explores the university's civic mission.


Drawing on literature in the field and the author’s own research, this paper argues that civic engagement is critical to the success of students and universities and should be enacted at all levels of educational policy and practices. Yet, it must be facilitated in a way that ensures that equity, justice, and an appreciation of diverse value systems and perspectives are included in the development of civic actors, civic learning, and shared projects of social change in local communities.


Read the full article here.


Author Information
Tessa Hicks Peterson, PhD, is the assistant vice president of community engagement at Pitzer College where she directs the Community Engagement Center and oversees strategic planning and policy implementation for the school’s graduation requirement, “Social Justice Theory and Social Responsibility Praxis.” She is also an assistant professor in urban studies at Pitzer and teaches courses such as Applied Research in Qualitative Research, Social Change Practicum, and Healing Ourselves and Healing Our Communities.

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