WE BELIEVE IT IS POSSIBLE TO BUILD AND SUSTAIN INCLUSIVE COMMUNITIES AND A THRIVING DEMOCRACY, AND THAT UMBC STUDENTS CAN LEAD THE WAY.
For many years, UMBC has experimented with approaches to inspiring and empowering students to create thriving, inclusive communities. Programs like STRiVE and Alternative Spring Break have helped students discover their passions, develop their strengths, and value each other’s perspectives. The BreakingGround initiative has launched dozens of courses and community projects focused on learning from the experience of exploring the nuances of social challenges and developing creative ways to move forward together. These efforts have positioned UMBC at the leading edge of a national movement in higher education to transform civic learning and revitalize U.S. public life.
The Center for Democracy and Civic Life, launched in fall 2018, is carrying these initiatives forward and creating new resources for students: tools to guide reflection and action, programs to support their community engagement, courses to build skills in making strong connections across difference and contributions that matter. Director David Hoffman, Assistant Director Romy Hübler, and a small team of undergraduate interns are helping to infuse new insights about democracy and civic life in departments and programs across UMBC. They are sharing UMBC stories and ideas through national higher education networks, helping to transform the civic engagement field with publications such as Higher Education’s Role in Enacting a Thriving Democracy: Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Theory of Change.
Read all about the Center's inaugural year in the Center for Democracy and Civic Life 2018-2019 Annual Report.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
The Center for Democracy and Civic Life is taking important steps to help many more UMBC students on their developmental journeys, and we need your help. Our goal is to touch the life of every UMBC student, and to continue sharing UMBC stories and models widely, and so help heal and strengthen U.S. democracy. Beyond planning for STRiVE and ASB 2020 and all our workshops and programs that support civic learning, we are preparing new initiatives for the year leading up to Election Day 2020. We will help
UMBC students discover and demonstrate how civil conversations among people with different perspectives can empower everyone, even when tensions are high. Your gift will make it possible to bring the benefits of these programs and initiatives to a wide audience of UMBC students, and to share their stories.
JOIN THE MOVEMENT
The Center for Democracy and Civic Life is a meeting ground for members of the UMBC family who want to build a healthy and inclusive civic culture. We’re connecting students, faculty, staff and alumni, and leveraging their talents to advance our shared mission. Please join us. We’ll reach out to you with news and opportunities to get involved in the Center’s initiatives. We want to hear from you, and we want you to see yourself in the Center’s work.
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Thank you for being a part of this new chapter in UMBC’s civic story. We’re excited to work together to make a difference in the lives of UMBC students and of all who will be touched and influenced by their contributions.
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