Model Citzens | Center for Civic Engagement

The primary purpose of the Model Citizen program in the 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 Model Citizen 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 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

Model Citizens 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 Model Citizen program is based on the Iowa GROW® program at the University of Iowa. 


In the inaugural year of the program, ten Model Citizens demonstrated that they can rise to leadership challenges and were willing to grow as young professionals. Among them, their accomplishments can include: 

  • Leading GIVE projects, managing Downsize December and Give & Go, and organizing the Community Collaboration Celebration
  • Traveling to Hawaii to pilot spring break immersion course 
  • Attending 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 (see below)
  • Volunteering as a Community Alternative Learning Center senior project mentor, American Diabetes Association advocate, Make a Wish Foundation Wish Granter, and elementary school lunch buddy
  • Writing a grant to attend the Race Amity Conference, founding Voices(OverVices), hosting school visits to campus, and providing assistance for other student civic engagement projects
  • Editing and writing articles for the CCE student newsletter, The Civic Scoop
  • Attending weekly CCE staff meetings 
  • Organizing and participating in two staff retreats, one of which included service at Potluck in the Park in Portland

Position Description

Model Citizens work on CCE programs (including G.I.V.E. Days, Downsize December, 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 Model Citizen 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. 

Interested in applying?

Contact Bevin McCarthy at

Model Citizen Program (pdf)