Community Partner Resources

Our community partners are essential to civic engagement at Pacific.  Together we can serve the mission of your organization, facilitate student learning, and meet the needs of our community. To get a broad sense of how civic engagement fits into student life and classes at Pacific, check out our Academic Civic Engagement and Get Involved pages.

McCall Center for Civic Engagement staff can help you identify how to best work with students, faculty, and staff or spread the word about opportunities at your organization.  Please contact us for more information.

Types of Civic Engagement

Civic engagement takes many forms, including service, advocacy, awareness-raising, electoral participation, community-building, activism, and fundraising (among others). Students at Pacific participate in civic engagement activities as part of some courses, as individual community members, and with their peers (such as a team, club, or residence hall group) as part of student life. The MCCE can help you determine which of these models will meet your needs and how to connect with students, faculty, or staff appropriate for the task.*

Academic Civic Engagement: Faculty integrate a civic engagement component into their course and require students to participate. Some ways in which they structure civic learning include:

  • Site-based Civic Engagement: An entire class may serve one organization together, or individual students could seek out different organizations for placement. Duration is typically one semester (14-16 weeks) and students may have specific course requirements (such as number of hours) and learning objectives to fulfill.
  • Problem-Based Civic Engagement: Students focus on a specific project, much like consultants. Community partners identify a particular need (e.g. website work, mural design, or invasive species removal plan) and students draw from their academic knowledge to complete the task. The project could be for a course or independent study.
  • Community-Based Research: Working with community partners on an identified need, students conduct research, evaluation, or assessment projects drawing from the research methodologies of their discipline. Project duration depends on the research question and could carry through multiple terms and sets of students.
  • Special Projects: Students approach an organization to offer a specific skill (e.g. teaching nutrition, or building a garden), or organizations identify a need and recruit skilled students. The project may be outside of what the organization typically offers, but is in line with the mission.

Co-curricular Civic Engagement: Individual students and student groups volunteer or otherwise participate in civic action just like any other community member. Volunteer work or involvement is not connected to academic courses and could be short-term or require a commitment.   

* Note: Student availability decreases significantly at Thanksgiving break and after for Fall semester and in early May for Spring semester

Additional Resources for Community Partners

Handshake

We encourage all student and partners to utilize Handshake, the same online service used by employers to recruit Pacific students. Handshake allows partners to create and modify their own profile and position descriptions, while students can use key word searches and other tools to find positions. Handshake is managed by the Pacific University Academic and Career Advising Center, but both students and partners can access it on their own.

CE Network

Faculty and community partners both seem to appreciate the opportunity to meet and learn more about each other’s work. The MCCE hosts occasional gatherings to facilitate this form of community-building. For example:  

  • CE Summit | This late summer event brings together CE faculty and community partners to network, prepare for the year ahead, and discuss current and important issues related to our practice of civic engagement. 
  • Community Collaboration Celebration | With a reception and award ceremony, the Community Collaboration Celebration honors the hard work involved in community engagement. This event takes places annually each spring (typically late April/early May). 

MCCE Community Partner Communications

The MCCE publishes a semi-regular newsletter to keep community partners up-to-date about our activities, opportunities for collaboration, and other important information or announcements. Between newsletters, event invitations, and special announcements, partners who sign-up can expect to receive approximately 10 emails a year from the MCCE.  Partners can sign up to receive the newsletter by emailing the MCCE.

Community Partner Mini-Grant

We know that sometimes hosting Pacific University students consumes organizational resources. To better support our community partners, the Center for Civic Engagement is now offering small grants available to offset the costs of engagement. Available in chunks of up to $100, funds may be used to pay for or reimburse operational expenses related to civic engagement experiences.  Examples include:

  • Supplies (e.g. paint and brushes)
  • Refreshments or meals (e.g. pizza party)
  • Books or reference materials
  • Professional development for staff (e.g. volunteer management training)

For details and to submit a proposal for funds, please see our online proposal form for community partner mini-grants. Requests must be submitted by May 1 of each year for consideration in this fiscal year (which runs through June 30 at Pacific). 

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