Through Informed Civic and Community Engagement, students have many opportunities to both give and receive. They give to Waco and the surrounding area by devoting their time, energy, and expertise to help meet needs. Equally if not more important, they receive valuable experience in learning how to solve real-world problems by working side-by-side with people from many different backgrounds. These kinds of experiences complete our students’ university education and pave the way for them to become problem solvers in their own communities, as non-profit board members, city council members, school board members, and church leaders. Investing in their communities in a deep and meaningful way makes them better citizens of our democracy. In doing so, Informed Civic and Community Engagement directly aligns with Baylor’s Mission.
Through Bears Building Bridges (B3), the Office for Engaged Learning helps students in the College of Arts and sciences discover Informed Civic and Community Engagement opportunities in credit bearing courses such as those offered through the Professional Writing program in the Department of English, the Institute for Oral History, and the Philanthropy and Public Service Program. Students can also “get engaged” through a myriad of opportunities offered through Student Life, such as Baylor Buddies and Steppin’ Out.
Absolutely! If you are a faculty member and would like information about how to include Informed Civic and Community Engagement in one of your existing courses or how to design a course, contact Carrolle_Kamperman@baylor.edu for information.