Office of Civic Engagement

Office of Civic Engagement

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The Office of Civic Engagement provides support to faculty, students, staff and administrators that allow them to develop, expand and sustain collaborative, mutually beneficial partnerships with community residents, organizations and institutions. These partnerships contribute to student learning and academic scholarship while contributing to the social and economic well-being of Cleveland, its neighborhoods and the Northeast Ohio region.

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

Paid Student Voter Engagement Fellowship Opportunities through Campus Vote Project and the OCE
The Campus Vote Project (CVP) is a national nonpartisan project that helps America's colleges and universities to get as many of their 20 million students as possible to register, volunteer in campaigns, educate themselves and turn out at the polls. Fellows will lead their campus with voter registration, voter education, and voter engagement for the spring semester 2021. Fellows will work with the CSUOffice of Civic Engagement to help register and engage the CSU community in the election process, and work to institutionalize voter and civic engagement on campus. Fellows will receive orientation, training, support, and guidance from CVP. The application deadline is December 7, 2020. Learn more. »

Why You Should Vote in 2020
OCE Democracy Fellow Cara Robbins has written an article for the CSU Vindicator about why CSU students should vote in 2020. Learn more. »

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​On September 22, 2020, OCE Interim Director, Anita Ruf-Young, and OCE Graduate Assistant, Anthony Kukura, along with Campus Vote Project, Campus Election Engagement Project, and WorkElections Democracy Fellows, engaged with over 100 CSU students by helping them register to vote, update their registration, apply to vote by mail, and educating them about how to apply to be an election day poll worker. 

​​​​​​​Get Registered to Vote, Vikes!
The Office of Civic Engagement is hosting voter registration tables to ensure that every CSU student has the opportunity to register to vote for this critical election year. Stop by our voter registration tables to fill out and submit voter registration paperwork. While you are at the tables, sign up to volunteer to be a poll worker for the general election on Novermber 3, 2020Poll workers are essential to ensuring that our elections are fair, and in doing so, maintain the traditions of our past and our hope for the future.  Learn more. »

American Reads Tutoring Program Continues Virtually in Pandemic
Despite restrictions the COVID-19 pandemic has caused, Cleveland State University’s Office of Civic Engagement—in partnership with the Cleveland Public Library—innovates new avenues to connect with students, kindergarten through eighth grade. Learn more. »

America Reads and Viking Corps: A Year in Review, 2019-2020
CPL America Reads and Viking Corps student workers contributed 6,156 service hours while engaging and assisting a total of 8,302 Greater-Cleveland community members at a total of 22 Office of Civic Engagement partner organization sites. Learn more. »

CSU League of Women Voters Student Organization Update
The CSU League of Women Voters, in coordination with the CSU Office of Civic Engagement (OCE), has begun to plan for next year. Many students have expressed interest in this new CSU student organization and we are reaching out to you for help. If you have not had a chance to take our CSU LWV issue interest survey, we have extended the deadline due to COVID-19, so there is still time to respond. The survey takes less the three minutes, and can be accessed here. If you have not had the opportunity to join the LWV, you can register online here. If you are interested in joining or promoting our organization, please contact Also, please feel free to pass along our CSU LWV informational flyer.

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