Resources for Diversity and Civic
CENTERS AND ORGANIZATIONS
Center for Liberal Education and Civic Engagement
Designed as a catalyst and incubator for new ideas,
research, and collaborations, the Center for Liberal
Education and Civic Engagement seeks to deepen understandings
of the relationship of liberal education to service
and civic responsibilities, linking this understanding
to actions that address complex, urgent social problems.
Founded in 2003, the center is the result of a partnership
between the Association of American Colleges and Universities
and Campus Compact.
For more information, please visit www.aacu.org/civic_engagement.
Campus Compact advances the public purposes of colleges
and universities by deepening their ability to improve
community life and to educate students for civic and
social responsibility. Their work encompasses a broad
range of activities designed to increase the effectiveness
of those working to make higher education institutions
vital agents of civic renewal. Campus Compact’s
Indicators of Engagement Project, sponsored by the Carnegie
Corporation of New York, documents and disseminates
best practices of civic and community engagement on
different types of campuses.
For more information about this project, see www.compact.org/civic.
F or more information on Campus Compact, please visit
National Forum on Higher Education for
the Public Good
The National Forum on Higher Education for the
Public Good was set up to significantly increase awareness,
understanding, commitment, and action relative to the
public service role of higher education in the United
States. The National Forum collaborates with a number
of organizations, institutions, researchers, and policy
makers, each of whom contributes in different ways to
the movement to make higher education a leading force
in American society. It aims to sponsor activities that
are in line with three broad strategies: Leadership
Dialogues, Connecting Research and Practice, and Public
Policy and Public Stewardship.
For more information, please visit www.thenationalforum.org.
A Web project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Tolerance.org
serves as an online tool for people interested in dismantling
bigotry and creating, in hate’s stead, communities
that value diversity. Through its online well of resources
and ideas, its expanding collection of print materials,
its burgeoning outreach efforts, and its downloadable
public service announcements, Tolerance.org promotes
and supports anti-bias activism in every venue of life.
For more information, visit www.tolerance.org.
The Center for Information and Research on
Civic Learning and Engagement
CIRCLE promotes research on the civic and political
engagement of Americans between the ages of fifteen
and twenty-five. Although CIRCLE conducts and funds
research, not practice, the projects they support have
practical implications for those who work to increase
young people’s engagement in politics and civic
life. CIRCLE is based in the University of Maryland’s
School of Public Policy.
For more information visit www.civicyouth.org.
Raise Your Voice: Student Action for Change
An initiative from Campus Compact, this site is dedicated
to connecting, challenging, and supporting college and
university students in community work, activism, leadership,
and civic growth. Here you will find practical information,
ideas, and resources, as well as a forum for sharing
For more information, please visit www.actionforchange.org.
Innovations in Civic Participation
Founded in 2001, ICP is a nonprofit social change organization
that provides expertise, ideas, information, research,
and advocacy support in the United States and around
the world to develop and strengthen policies and programs
that promote civic engagement through service. ICP works
with government representatives, nonprofits, community-based
organizations, and educational institutions to support
and strengthen service policy worldwide.
For more information, please visit www.icicp.org.
Engaging the Whole of Service-Learning, Diversity,
and Learning Communities Edited by Joseph A.
Galura, Penny A. Pasque, David Schoem, and Jeffrey Howard
(OCSL Press, 2004).
Service learning, diversity, and learning communities,
among today’s most prominent higher education
innovations, are integrated at the University of Michigan’s
Michigan Community Scholars Program. Voices included
in the book are those of national leaders and faculty,
students, staff, and community partners of this living-learning
Educating Citizens: Preparing America’s
Undergraduates for Lives of Moral and Civic Responsibility
By Anne Colby, Thomas Ehrlich, Elizabeth
Beaumont, and Jason Stephens (Jossey-Bass, 2003).
Educating Citizens reports on how some American colleges
and universities are preparing thoughtful, committed,
and socially responsible graduates. Many institutions
assert these ambitions, but too few act on them. The
authors demonstrate the fundamental importance of moral
and civic education, describe how the historical and
contemporary landscapes of higher education have shaped
it, and explain the educational and developmental goals
and processes involved in educating citizens. They examine
the challenges colleges and universities face when they
dedicate themselves to this vital task and present concrete
ways to overcome those challenges.
Liberal Education, Volume 91, Number
The winter issue of Liberal Education, titled
“The Future of Diversity,” explores diversity
and the array of issues and approaches that it refers
to within the academy. What exactly is the role of diversity
in fulfilling the academy’s educational and civic
mission? Where is the diversity agenda heading? With
these questions in mind, and with an eye to the future,
the issue examines the present state of diversity in
For more information, visit www.aacu.org/liberaleducation.
Public Work and the Academy: An Academic
Administrator’s Guide to Civic Engagement and
Service-Learning Edited by Mark Langseth
and William M. Plater (Anker Publishing, 2004).
Public Work and the Academy provides academic leaders
with a resource to increase their fluency with and ability
to lead service-learning and civic engagement efforts
on their campuses, with their peers, and throughout
higher education. It is written specifically for academic
leaders—chief academic officers, provosts, deans,
and division and department chairs—who have significant
responsibility for their campus’s academic programs.