The Tom McCall Center for Civic Engagement is hiring new student Civic Action Team Specialists for the 2021-2022 school year.
Applied and experiential learning, including civic engagement, is an important and required part of many Pacific undergraduate students’ studies. Under normal circumstances, experiential learning activities take place off-campus at organizational locations across the region. Due to COVID-19 public health requirements, our guidelines around experiential learning continue to evolve. Please refer to the 2021-2022 Experiential Learning Operations guide for updates and detailed information. In short:
- When possible, plan for experiential learning that minimizes the spread of COVID-19, such as campus-based or site-free activities, interactions with face coverings and distancing measures, or limited intermingling of populations.
- In cases where students must complete off-campus, site-based experiential learning activities, faculty and staff facilitators must maintain a roster of students for tracking purposes that includes name, site, site contact information, and the nature of the experience, and submit that roster to Stephanie Stokamer, Director of Applied & Experiential Learning for CAS.
- Students should adhere to both the University and partner site requirements or policies related to safety precautions such as face coverings or distancing, deferring to the most cautious option when there is a discrepancy.
- Students and partner sites should be prepared to adapt experiential learning opportunities to any new guidance issued by the state, University, or organization as needed.
There are many ways that civic engagement takes place on campus or in online environments. Students and partner organizations need only comply with Pacific policies for experiential learning taking place on campus or in virtual environments--no additional reporting is necessary. If you have questions regarding experiential learning or the site approval process, please contact the Director of Applied and Experiential Learning.
McCall Center for Civic Engagement
Pacific University prepares students for lives as informed and active citizens. Civic engagement addresses social, political, and environmental issues in the community through actions that can make a difference on those issues, including service, advocacy, awareness-raising, activism, action-oriented research, deliberative dialogue, electoral participation, and political involvement. We often refer to the Social Change Wheel to describe the variety of activities that fall under the umbrella of civic engagement at Pacific.
The McCall Center for Civic Engagement, or MCCE, works with students, faculty and staff members, campus groups (such as athletic teams and clubs), and community partners to facilitate participation in service, awareness campaigns, fundraising, elections, and other civic engagement activities. The McCall Center provides support to faculty and students in courses with a civic engagement component, especially those that fulfill the College of Arts and Sciences Core requirement for civic engagement, and houses the minor in Social Innovation and Nonprofit Leadership. The McCall Center is nonpartisan and seeks to uphold the university mission to work toward a diverse and sustainable community in which students "think, care, create, and pursue justice in our world."
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.
Our civic engagement program relies upon a strong network of relationships within the university and throughout Forest Grove, Washington County, and the Portland Metro area. Community partners are welcome to contact us with inquiries, feedback, and ideas. Potential and current partners might both find our new collaborative list of of Pacific contacts for various community connections, resources, and services useful.
Read our 2018-2019 Annual Report (pdf) for more details about our accomplishments.
The McCall 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.
No matter your interests, skills, passions, or access to resources like time or transportation, we can help you find a way to get involved. Check out the events we have coming up on our Get Involved page. Don't want to miss out? Sign-up for our "Civic Action Update" email and you'll always be in the loop!
Twenty years ago, Gina Bell ʼ00 was building roads and diversifying crops with the Peace Corps in Paraguay. She didn’t expect this work to lead to her current managerial position with the city of Dubuque.
Seema Khatcherian ’21 and Karsen Buck ’21 receive the Bevin McCarthy Spirit of Civic Engagement award for their work as the co-founders of a social justice mural in Forest Grove, Ore.