Civic engagement is a key component of CEU’s mission to foster open society. CEU students, faculty, and staff actively engage with the community in their private lives as well as their professional lives - sharing knowledge and expertise and collaborating with diverse partners in academia and across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.
From volunteering to voting, from community organizing to political advocacy, the defining characteristic of active civic engagement is the commitment to participate and work for social change that can improve living conditions and bolster the chances of success for citizens and communities.CEU as an institution aims to support individual and collective efforts of the CEU community that identify and address needs and issues within society. CEU’s research and knowledge production also contribute to our work in addressing existing community needs.
CEU’s approach to civic engagement builds on equal partnership and dialogue with local, regional and global organizations and individuals. It is our belief that all citizens are able to contribute ideas, energy and action to improve society and that these initiatives are more likely embraced if citizens have a role in formulating them. We strive to create and empower different actors in the CEU community to gather and channel their energy towards shared goals. Ideally, all segments of a community – from individual residents to businesses, government agencies, and non-profits – can and should be involved in civic engagement activities. Input from all invested actors helps communities reach solutions to pressing issues while engaging people in the life of their own neighborhoods.