Civic Action Team

The primary purpose of the Civic Action Team program in the McCall Center for Civic Engagement is to give students the opportunity to serve the Pacific community and beyond in a way that connects academics and personal interests with civic engagement. The Civic Action Team program seeks to provide students with professional and personal competencies that will prepare them for future employment in numerous fields. Students in this program will demonstrate and continue to develop the strong leadership characteristics that work together to create exemplary citizens, such as: 

  • Live with integrity and act with intention
  • Actively integrate knowledge, skill, identity, and action
  • Cultivate harmony and understanding in a diverse world
  • Seek justice for themselves and others 
  • Promote sustainable practices
  • Lead through example

Civic Action Team Stewards combine their passions, skills, and personal responsibilities by working together on civic engagement projects both on campus and throughout the community. The program also focuses on professional and personal development for students, preparing them for lives as active citizens both in their professions and in their communities. Leadership and skill-evaluation workshops and conversations take place as a team throughout the year, and students are sometimes given the opportunity to attend relevant conferences or outside workshops. The Civic Action Team program is based in part on the Iowa GROW® program at the University of Iowa. 

Accomplishments

Civic Action Team Stewards (or CATS, formerly known as "Model Citizens") demonstrated that they can rise to leadership challenges and were willing to grow as young professionals. Among them, their accomplishments have included: 

  • Leading GIVE projects
  • Coordinating Give & Go, Pacific Votes, and the Community Collaboration Celebration
  • Attending conferences such as the Race Amity Conference (Boston, MA), Catalyst Conference (Seattle, WA), and Continuums of Service Conference (Long Beach, CA) 
  • Attending the Pacific University Social Justice Retreat 
  • Editing and writing articles for the MCCE student newsletter, The Civic Scoop
  • Volunteering with the Community Alternative Learning Center, American Diabetes Association, Make a Wish Foundation, and elementary school lunch buddy program (for example)
  • Writing grants to fund MCCE programs and CAT professional development
  • Providing technical assistance for student civic engagement projects
  • Traveling to Hawaii to assist with development of a spring break immersion course 
  • Attending weekly MCCE staff meetings and retreats
  • Conducting outreach and awareness raising related to CE courses, MCCE activities, and civic engagement opportunities related to other issues and events. 

Position Description for Civic Action Team Stewards 

Civic Action Team Stewards (CATS) are paid student staff in the MCCE. CATS work on CCE programs (including G.I.V.E. projects, Give-and-Go, Pacific Votes, etc.), develop their own civic engagement initiatives based on their personal passions and interests, and support each other’s efforts as a team. Each Civic Action Team steward works at three levels within the CCE: Passion, Competency, and Responsibility.   

Required Qualifications 

  • Interest in civic engagement (e.g. service, advocacy, raising awareness, political involvement in elections/campaigns, activism, community-based research), and a demonstrated commitment to CE through volunteering, coursework, or other activities 
  • Good oral and written communication skills, with the ability to listen well
  • Ability to work as a team member and take direction from others
  • Willingness to take initiative and follow through on projects
  • Familiarity with MS Office software. 

Hiring for the Civic Action Team typically takes place at the beginning of each semester, with available positions dependent on funding. If you are interested in getting involved with the MCCE Civic Action Team, please email MCCE director Stephanie Stokamer