Center for Civic Engagement

Pacific University prepares students for lives as informed and active citizens. The Center for Civic Engagement, or CCE, works with students, faculty and staff members, and campus groups such as athletic teams and clubs interested in service, awareness campaigns, fundraising, elections and other community activities.

Civic engagement can facilitate learning, develop active citizens, and improve communities. Students can gain new insights on academic subjects, information for career exploration, and the opportunity to acquire new skills by serving the community. Working with others, you can experience the power of cooperating to create change. And, giving back to the community through a variety of programs and activities can be deeply rewarding.


Civic engagement has been at the heart of Pacific University’s mission since its founding. 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 2017-2018 Annual Report (pdf) for more details about our accomplishments.

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.

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Contact Us

The Center for Civic Engagement
Scott Hall | 503-352-1570 |
UC A141
2043 College Way
Forest Grove, OR 97116