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  • Students registering other students to vote.

Civic Engagement

The Leadership and Service Center equips students to positively impact their communities through self-exploration and connections. We believe being civically engaged helps students become responsible, educated citizens in local, national and global communities.

Get Involved

Interested in working on year-round nonpartisan civic engagement programming? Fill out our Civic Leadership Education Action Team Interest form to get started! 

Creating a Meaningful Dialogue 

During these difficult times, we must all step up as leaders to create the dialogue our campus and communities desperately need. Having conversations with people you disagree with is important now more than ever. Respecting the identities of all is crucial in starting productive dialogue. Learn more about facilitating difficult conversations by reading our Creating a Meaningful Dialogue Guide

Statement of Nonpartisanship

The Leadership and Service Center’s involvement in civic engagement is a nonpartisan effort. Our initiatives are meant to encourage informed and active participation in government, increase understanding of public issues, and create a culture of civic education and advocacy. The Leadership and Service Center does not support nor oppose any candidates for office or political party. As a center, we recognize it is unlikely for individual members of our team to be entirely nonpartisan with their personal views. Despite this, we find strength from this diversity of opinions and thoughts, rather than weakness. To balance our political ideologies, we intentionally select students from across the political spectrum in hopes of representing everyone.

Civic Engagement Programs


The Civic Leadership Education and Action Team (CLEAT) envisions and plans initiatives to cultivate deliberation, enhance civic literacy, and increase voter engagement on campus.   

Every year, CLEAT spearheads a Voter Registration Coalition composed of members of a variety of different student organizations and departmental programs. This coalition provides opportunities for students to register to vote, request an absentee ballot, verify their registration, find their polling location, and even see their sample ballot!

Join our Voter Registration Coalition by filling out our interest form.

Fall 2020 In-Person voter registration drives:

  • Constitution Day: Sept. 17, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 
  • National Voter Registration Day: Sept. 22, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 

Student Organization Voter Registration Competition: Student Organizations can sign up for our competition and receive a specific link to register their members to vote, request an absentee ballot, or sign up for election reminders. The organization to register the most people will win a prize from the Leadership and Service Center! Sign your organization up here to participate.

CLEAT partners with university departments to bring guest speakers to campus to discuss current events and hot topics in civic engagement. Check back for 2020-2021 guest speaker events!

Previous guest speaker events:

  • Mass Media & Politics: Josh Dawsey, Washington Post White House Correspondent
  • Civility Series: Former Representative Bakari Sellers and Representative Micah Caskey
  • Congress to Campus: Honorable Jason Altmire and Honorable Dan Miller
  • Diversity in Politics: Mayor Elise Partin, Representative Mandy Powers Norrell, City Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine, and Former State Representative Candidate Rebecca Thompson
  • Civility Series Film Symposium: Honorable Jason Altmire, CEO Lee Johnson, and Zac McCracy

CLEAT facilitates deliberative dialogues for classes, student organizations, or groups who are interested in having a facilitated conversation on a social issue. To request a deliberation, please complete the presentation request form.

Previous deliberation topics included:

  • Food insecurity solutions
  • Healthcare system
  • Immigration
  • Political divide
  • Mass shootings
  • Opioid epidemic

CLEAT holds an annual event to recognize and celebrate Constitution Day.  Check back for 2020 Constitution Day activities!

Previous Constitution Day events included:

  • Voter registration drives
  • Constitution trivia on Greene Street
  • One Vote documentary viewing
  • Conversation Café brunch with roundtable discussions

Get Involved

Looking to be a more active citizen? Join the Civic Learning Education and Action Team (CLEAT), a group of students committed to enhancing nonpartisan year-round civic education and action on our campus. CLEAT aims to cultivate fundamental principles for deliberation, and analyze systems of power in order to plan and engage in public action. Contact Carly Zerr for more information. 

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