The purpose of the Civic Engagement Advisory Board is to facilitate the growth of civic engagement at Towson University by setting an institutional agenda, reviewing recommendations from working groups and developing strategies for securing resources to increase opportunities and understanding. The Advisory Board is co-chaired by the Provost and Vice President for Student Affairs.
Roles of the Civic Engagement Advisory Board
Influence the implementation of agreed upon strategies and practices for increasing civic engagement in five major areas:
The Community Principles Subcommittee is responsible for establishing ways to promote civility and other community and institutional values and expectations of students as engaged citizens, from entry to graduation. This subcommittee promotes the Tiger Pledge and Tiger Commencement Pledge, and develops civility related campaigns to promote community on campus.
The Community Service Subcommittee examines the relationship between current community service efforts and civic engagement initiatives, looking for collaborations where possible. The committee looks to incorporate overarching civic engagement learning outcomes into existing community service programs, resulting in more meaningful service experiences for students. This subcommittee is working on tracking student community service involvement, continuing large-scale service projects such as the Big Event, and increasing the number of students participating in service activities.
The Environmental Initiatives Subcommittee researches and recommends conservation initiatives that make sense for the campus community. The committee considers feasibility and benefits of various initiatives and examines how TU may be able to impact the greater Baltimore region in regard to environmental conservation by leading the way through conservation efforts. This subcommittee is responsible for the annual Environmental Conference that takes place each April, as well as for other environmental programs and awareness efforts.
The Political Engagement Subcommittee is charged with increasing student awareness, knowledge and skills surrounding political engagement. This subcommittee plans voter education activities, programs focused on current events, and gives input to the NY Times Talk Lunch series as well as Constitution Week. Most recently the Political Engagement Subcommittee worked with the Student Government Association to launch Freedom Square, an area of campus devoted to free speech and discussion of important issues.
The Service-Learning Subcommittee is responsible for exploring and implementing various strategies to increase service learning at TU. This subcommittee has established a base-line for service-learning courses at TU, developed service-learning course criteria, and created the Service-Learning Faculty Fellows program.