The Office for Civic Learning provides Dominican University students with opportunities to build a bridge between their academic lives, their passions for social justice, and their desire to engage closely with public leaders, human service agencies and policy advocacy groups.
Civic Learning Vision Statement
Civic Learning provides undergraduate and graduate students’ with courses and community experiences to:
- Practice open-mindedness, civility, concern for the well-being of others and the planet;
- Develop an informed and critical understanding of complex public issues;
- Research and analyze civic and environmental debates and policy perspective, and
- Build skills and connections to others to address difficult public problems, engage in public life, and work to create a more sustainable planet and pursue the common good.
Community-based Learning and Civic Learning
The Office of Community-Based Learning has been renamed the Office for Civic Learning in order to provide students with new academic opportunities to research, analyze, and act to change their world. However, Community-Based Learning is still a core academic experience this office provides. It is a distinct pedagogy built on partnerships between the university and community organizations, and through which students connect their community engagement to the development of critical thinking, cross-cultural communication, and social analysis within their coursework.