Civic engagement has been at the heart of Pacific University’s mission since its founding, having been initially established to serve the most vulnerable—orphans and Native American children. The Humanitarian Center was founded in 1988 by a unanimous vote of faculty, and in 2009 became the Center for Civic Engagement. Today, Pacific has an undergraduate requirement for civic engagement, called the Civic Engagement Cornerstone.

Read our 2012-2013 Annual Report for details about our accomplishments this year.

Our Mission

The Center for Civic Engagement at Pacific University fosters an engaged campus that connects students, faculty, and staff with community partners to serve the common good, revitalize our community, and facilitate learning within a community context. The Center promotes the value of life-long active citizenship, building a sense of empowerment to effect meaningful social participation, while cultivating the development of critical thinking skills and the capacity to reflect on one’s own set of values.

CCE Staff

Stephanie Stokamer, Ed.D.
Director and Assistant Professor


Stephanie is the Director of the Center for Civic Engagement and an Assistant Professor in the Peace and Social Justice program. She has taught in and administered community-based learning courses in both undergraduate and graduate programs since 2005. She has a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Portland State University, and her areas of scholarship include service-learning, civic engagement, and education for democracy, particularly with respect to pedagogical practices and faculty development. Stephanie has published a chapter in Democratic Dilemmas of Teaching Service-Learning: Curricular Strategies for Success. Stephanie is an AmeriCorps*VISTA alum and was a National Service Fellow in 1997-1998 for the Corporation for National and Community Service.


Bevin McCarthy

Assistant Director

Bevin has created and taught service learning courses since 2007 and has taught Spanish in public middle and high schools in both Massachusetts and Oregon since 2000. Bevin is a Returned Peace Corps volunteer with a Master’s degree in Integrated Studies from Cambridge College. Bevin has participated in and led educational exchanges to Spain, Italy and China. She looks forward to sharing her love of connecting people and collaboration through service.


Amy Smetana

AmeriCorps Program Coordinator

Amy Smetana has joined Pacific as the AmeriCorps Mentor Program Coordinator. She recently graduated from the University of Mary Washington with a bachelor’s in Sociology and Political Science. She is passionate about social justice and creating a more equitable society. Following this passion, she recently studied the relationship between the police and the Latino community in Virginia. Amy has been actively involved in community service throughout her life and most recently taught ESL in her hometown. She believes that her involvement in the community has played a great role in shaping the person that she is today and has broadened her perspective, both of the world and of herself. Amy also enjoys learning new languages, exploring new places, and engaging in creative endeavors. Amy has been hired through the Retention Project, which focuses on college access and success. As the Mentor Program Coordinator, she will be developing a cohesive mentoring program in which Pacific students can work with youth in local schools on college readiness and support each other as a mentor team.

We also have a staff of student workers in the CCE.

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