Office of Civic Engagement

Office of Civic Engagement

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About the Office of Civic Engagement

The Office of Civic Engagement (OCE) works with students, faculty, and staff at Cleveland State University to encourage citizenship and strong communities by building partnerships within CSU, with public, nonprofit community-based organizations, and governmental institutions. These partnerships enhance student learning by engaging students in civic, employment, experiential, leadership, and co-curricular involvement opportunities and experiences while contributing to the civic, academic, social, and economic well-being of Cleveland, its neighborhoods, and the Northeast Ohio region. The CSU Office of Civic Engagement (OCE) has a vast network of strategic civic and community partnerships. Each of our partners play a pivotal role in connecting and engaging CSU, our students, and the Greater Cleveland Community.

From one-time volunteer experiences for students to service-learning projects embedded in the curriculum to long-term collaborative partnerships that tackle the community's toughest challenges, the Office of Civic Engagement helps campus and community maximize the benefits of their interdependence.  


Recent News

Lauren Bowen, Model Lead Teacher at Davis A & M High School, Discusses Impact of CSU OCE Viking Corps Tutors 

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Recently Lauren Bowen, Model Lead Teacher at Davis A & M High School, spoke about the OCE Viking Corps program. "CSU tutors have been supporting students in Credit Recovery. Last year was tough because we were fully remote for most of the year. This was incredibly difficult for all students, and possibly more so for students who receive special education or English language support. Because of this, we have more students than normal recovering credits this year. The CSU tutors have been a godsend for them. The best part is that our students are now asking "Where are the tutors"? They're so bummed when the tutors aren't there."


CSU “Rocks The Vote” with Critical Civic Engagement

Anita Ruf-Young, director of the Office of Civic Engagement, is featured in this CSU news article about the importance of teaching students about voting, providing students with information to help guide their decision making, and promoting student involvement in the democratic process.

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The Office of Civic Engagement Partners with the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections to Help Fill a Critical Need for Election Night Ballot Box Openers

***CSU Vikings Needed - Several Positions Available for One Night - $15 Per Hour***

The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections is looking for assistance in unloading vans on their dock, transferring ballot boxes to carts for processing, and opening and organizing ballot boxes on election night November 2, 2021. The Office of Civic Engagement is hopeful that CSU Vikings can help the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections. They need a minimum of 125 individuals to assist them with this important democratic process! This opportunity provides a behind-the-scenes view of the election night processes, as well as supporting and safeguarding our county’s voting rights.   

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OCE Interviewed by Spectrum News 1 about National Voter Registration Day 2021 

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Spectrum News1 interviewed the CSU Office of Civic Engagement about National Voter Registration Day (NVRD). NVRD, held on Tuesday, September 28, 2021, celebrates our democracy and has registered 4.5 million people to vote. The CSU Office of Civic Engagement (OCE) was one of thousands of organizations around the country hosting NVRD activities. The OCE hosted several tables on campus and canvassed campus to help students get vote ready for the upcoming General Election on November 2, 2021. 

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Washington Monthly Announces that Cleveland State University has been added to its 2021 Best Colleges for Student Voting Honor Roll

Cleveland State University has been named as one of the best colleges for student voting according to Washington Monthly. To make the honor roll, schools must meet multiple criteria. For this year’s iteration, schools had to submit action plans to ALL IN for 2018 and 2020. Also schools were required to sign up to receive data from the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE), which calculates college-specific registration and voting rates. (Information for 2020 is not yet available.) In addition, schools were required to make previous data (both their 2016 and 2018 NSLVE data) available to the public. In short, schools need to have shown a repeated commitment to increasing student voting—and have been transparent about the results. 

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The Office of Civic Engagement Will Host Several Voter Registration Tables Through October

The Office of Civic Engagement, in partnership with NOVA, will be hosting 29 Voter Registration Tables across campus on 12 different dates between August 21st and October 26th, 2021. Be sure to stop by if you need to register to vote, update your registration, or register to vote by mail. For more information see this event schedule. 


Anita Ruf-Young Interviewed by Cleveland News 19 about Cleveland Mayoral Election

Anita Ruf-Young, Director for CSU’s Office of Civic Engagement housed in the Levin College, was interviewed by Cleveland 19 News in their story about the 2021 Cleveland mayoral election. She discussed candidates who filed to run in the September primary election, and CSU’s efforts in promoting civic engagement on campus.


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