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The Center for Civic Engagement

Civic Identity

Students as Agents of Social Change

Why is Civic Engagement Important?

Civically engaged students have well-developed knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make a difference in the civic life and vitality in our communities. Civic engagement in the curriculum helps students learn how to participate in democracy, how to be effective agents of change in their communities, and how to deliberate across differences. According to the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), students who are actively engaged in the classroom and the community tend to remain on strong academic paths and persist to graduation, often seeking higher levels of education and becoming future community leaders.

About CCE

The Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) at UW-Green Bay serves as a liaison for engagement between the campus and the Greater Green Bay Area. The CCE fosters a culture of public service and engagement by providing programs and resources that facilitate the development of civic identity for students, faculty and staff. CCE also builds and sustains mutually beneficial community partnerships with the mission of creating greater justice in the world. 

Click here to view our CCE information sheet

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Fostering a culture of public service and engagement by providing programs and resources that facilitate the development of civic identity for students, faculty and staff

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Embodying the core values of community-based partnerships

Partner with us

Partner with Us

Partnering with area business and community leaders on projects, internships and meaningful research —
if you're not sure, just ask.

Connect with us

Connect with Us

Connecting with us is easy — contact a team member to consult or develop an idea

How Community Members Can Engage with Us:

  • Select students for internships
  • Collaborate on community research projects
  • Connect with a class to develop a community-based learning experience
  • Share your expertise and experience to promote civic learning
  • Offer students volunteer and service opportunities
  • Mentor a Newman Civic Fellow

If you have an idea on how to engage students in your work or how to partner with the University in any way, we want to hear from you!

Positive Impacts of Civic Engagement

Along with positive impacts on students, civic engagement creates a variety of benefits outside of campus, such as improving a community’s ability to address complex social issues, forming meaningful collaborative partnerships, and working alongside higher education to create positive change for all.

Spotlight Programs

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Civic Scholars Leadership Program

The Civic Scholars Leadership program prepares sophomore college students to become civic professionals and citizen leaders through sustained interdisciplinary civic engagement and scholarship with a focus on the City of Green Bay. Visit the webpage to learn more.

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Newman Civic Fellow

The Newman Civic Fellowship recognizes and supports community-committed students who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. Visit the webpage to learn more


If you have questions or would like to learn more about the ways we are engaging with civic issues and community organizations, please email us at

Carnegie Foundation Elective Classification for Community Engagement

2024 Carnegie Community Engagement Classification

UW-Green Bay has been recognized with the 2024 Carnegie Elective Classification for Community Engagement. This classification has been the leading framework for institutional assessment and recognition of community engagement in U.S. higher education for the past 19 years.

About this Recognition

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Nonprofit Education & Development Network

Nonprofits and civic engagement are natural allies, paving a pathway to change and improved programs and services in our communites. If you would like to learn more about how to grow as a leader in a nonprofit organization and become a catalyst for change, check out the Nonprofit Education and Development Network, offering a foundational certificate, interactive on-demand advanced training and organized networking opportunities.