The Institute for Civic Engagement strives to increase the number of undergraduate students who are engaged in meaningful civic actions by restructuring and reformulating academic programs and processes, extracurricular programs and activities, and the institutional culture.
The concept of "meaningful civic actions" includes a wide range of activities by which students are engaged in the lives of their communities (including the college community, the community in which the college is embedded, and the national and international communities of which we are all a part).
Civic action includes service to the community, and it also includes participation in the political process through activities like voting, participation in traditional politics, and involvement in groups that advocate for change. Underlying civic action is the assumption that students will be encouraged to develop the skills and knowledge for meaningful participation and, as our college mission statement says, for developing "engaged citizens with a strong social conscience."
The activities of the Institute for Civic Engagement and Main Street SUNY Cortland are made possible through the support of the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost, the Office of the Associate Provost, the Office of Sponsored Programs, the Faculty Development Committee, the MacDonald Foundation, the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Cortland Fund, the Cortland College Foundation, the Division of Institutional Advancement, the Auxiliary Services Corporation, the office of Congressman Michael Arcuri through the Fund for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education, and the Bringing Theory to Practice project of the American Association of Colleges and Universities. We gratefully acknowledge their consistent support of our programs.