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Civic Engagement Academy


What is the Civic Engagement Academy?

This semester long academy is designed to grow your civic engagement knowledge, skills, values, and actions through a series of workshops and programs!

For an entire semester, you can build connections with a cohort of other civically-minded students from across campus while learning more about your role as an engaged community member.

Whether you feel a little lost in the current political climate or want to run for office someday, the CEA is designed to grow you personally and professionally where you are.

The link to the spring 2022 application is now open! Click here to apply- the link will close on Tuesday, 2/1.


Upcoming Academy Sessions:

The Civic Engagement Academy will be returning to an in-person format for the spring semester, meeting approximately twice a month on Friday afternoons. Here are the upcoming meeting dates;

Orientation: 2/7

US Democracy & Elections/Voting 101: 2/25, 1-2 

A session designed for participants to learn more about the democratic system we participate in by getting the scoop on who represents you and how. This workshop will also offer an overview of elections and voting.

News and Media Literacy: 3/11, 2-3

An interactive workshop with a member of UNCG libraries- designed to increase awareness on what a “good” media source looks like, as well as how to do adequate research on hot-button topics.

Dialogue Across Difference: 4/1, 2-3

Structured dialogue around our political identities, issues that are important to you, and understanding the experiences of others.

City Council & Local Government: 4/22, 2-3

UNCG will be hosting the spring 2022 mayoral debate! We will have the opportunity to see governance in action and listen to the ideas of those who represent us in public office.


More about the CEA

  • This is completely FREE for UNCG students
  • Students of any year and any major are encouraged to apply
  • This program counts towards Silver level leadership challenge professional development hours
  • Students must attend all CEA programs to graduate from the academy

If you have questions about the Civic Engagement Academy please contact Ashley Billie at arbillie(at)uncg.edu.