We asked this question to our Fellows and CCE volunteers. Here are their responses:
Civic Engagement means exercising my ethical responsibility as a Hofstra student to understand and work with members of the surrounding community.
– Ariel Flajnick
I see civic participation as a vital part of being a citizen in a democracy. It should be a participatory democracy to be effective. Voting is not enough.
– Megan Teehan
Civic engagement means using your skills and passion to further the cohesion and development of your community.
Civic engagement means realizing that you are only as good as your collective community, and then actualizing that reality.
Civic engagement is the collaboration of peoples working together to educate and achieve goals in the community and in the world.
Civic engagement means opening up an active dialogue with the local community. It involves educating others on important local, domestic and international topics and encouraging action.
Civic engagement, in my mind, means caring enough about people and issues to do something, to raise awareness and solve (or attempt to solve) problems.
It is the ability and right of the public to partake in actions and discussion that will affect their lives.