Southern Illinois University Carbondale is one of just 50 colleges and universities chosen as a lead institution for the Civic and Democratic Learning Initiative, a national effort to enhance service-learning, volunteerism and civic engagement.
The National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, or NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, sponsors the program. SIU Carbondale was chosen from among 1,400 member institutions to participate on the basis of its outstanding work to advance service initiatives. The Center for Service Learning and Volunteerism is leading the efforts on campus and is undertaking several projects as a lead institution.
The center facilitated a pair of student-led dialogues about politics and the public life in October, prior to the presidential election. The dialogue focus, featuring lively discussion, was the impact of the students’ votes and analysis of which candidate won the debates.