Informed Civic and Community Engagement

Why Should I Get Engaged?

At Baylor, students have many opportunities to lead and learn, give and receive.  They give by devoting their time, energy, influence, and expertise to help improve the communities they inhabit.  Equally, in doing this, they receive valuable experience in learning how to innovate and address real-world challenges by working alongside people from many different backgrounds.  These kinds of experiences help our students maximize their university education and pave the way for them to become problem solvers in their own communities - as nonprofit leaders and board members, city council members, school board members, church leaders, volunteers, and professionals.  And doing all of this, we believe, helps contribute to good of our shared public life.

How Can I Get Engaged?

The Office for Engaged Learning helps students discover a wide array of opportunities to work toward the good of their communities. Sometimes this happens 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.  Others occur outside the classroom, through volunteer opportunities with a broad range of nonprofit and government partners in Waco, Austin, Washington, DC, and beyond.

Can Faculty Get Engaged?

Absolutely!  If you are a faculty member and would like information about how to include meaningful opportunities for civic engagement in one of your existing courses, or how to design a new course from the ground up, contact Mona_Choucair@baylor.edu for information.