Frequently Asked Questions
The American Psychological Association (2012) defines civic engagement as: “Individual and collective actions designed to identify and address issues of public concern.”
Civic Engagement at NSU is taking an active role in shaping one’s community, whether it be on-campus, here in Davie, across the state of Florida, or around the world. Civic engagement can take a variety of forms:
- Regular volunteering
- Community problem-solving
- Engagement in the democratic process (including voting)
In the Office of Student Leadership and Civic Engagement, we have a wide variety of resources directed at getting you more involved in the community to help in building one collective impact.
According to a definition by California State University-Chico, “Civic engagement has its roots in service learning. Service learning, in turn grew out of voluntary community service: work performed by students, faculty, or other members of the university that contributes to the quality of life in the community. When voluntary community service is incorporated as an element of academic coursework, and when the service activity relates directly to the content of the course, it becomes service learning.
SERV stands for Student Enrichment Reinforced in Volunteerism and is the tracking mechanism for all student volunteer hours, whether submitted individually, as part of a student organization, or both. The SERV form can be accessed here to report volunteer hours.
There is a wide variety of ways to get involved in community service, including: alternative break/weekend trips, service-based student organizations, days of service, and much more! Use the links on our pages to find more about these exciting opportunities!
Civic engagement is a form of experiential learning. This type of learning, different than learning that takes place in the classroom, allows students to gain valuable skills that will supplement in-class instruction that can be applied toward the betterment of the community. Skills learned could also have a direct connection to help one’s search for graduate school or employment after graduation. Also, students that volunteer are statistically more connected to an institution, and more likely to graduate.
At NSU, we strive to see our students grow as servant-leaders. By taking leadership roles in clubs and organizations, learning more about the community around you-and then acting as an agent for change you will begin to grow as a leader in service to the community while developing needed life-skills along the way.