Wednesday, January 06, 2010
Faculty, staff and students have worked together on a Civic Engagement Website that is now operational for 2010. The website is a collaborative initiative between the Office of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Department of Political Science and Planning, and the EXCEL Center. To view the website, go to http://www.westga.edu/civicengagement.
UWG has been a participant in the American Democracy Project since its inception seven years ago. Sponsored by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and The New York Times, the goal of the Democracy Project is to promote civic engagement. West Georgia’s faculty and staff worked together to revitalize this initiative on campus, said acting Vice President of Academic Affairs Sandra Stone.
“A first step in this new initiative was to bring together individuals and groups involved in some type of civic engagement and identify areas of shared interest and potential collaboration to maximize impact,” said Stone. “Civic engagement helps students understand the importance of responsible citizenship in the sustainability of democracy, without which, higher education as we know it would not exist. Civic engagement also helps in building and maintaining healthy, productive communities on and off campus.”
Through the website a centralized information database is available for faculty, staff and students. The campus community will be able to retrieve information on any civic engagement program or project that departments, organizations and clubs are involved in. Communities on and off campus may send in volunteer opportunities to post on the site to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer opportunities listed on the website include contributions of time to a senior community, an animal shelter, a soup kitchen and an assisted living home. It also lists classroom projects that have contributed to a higher quality of life on and off campus.
Send your projects, ideas and opinions to email@example.com.