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

Join us on Wednesday, October 5, 2022 for the CSU Office of Civic Engagement and League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland Present Civic Engagement: A Dialogue - Knowledge + Action = Power

Sponsored by the CSU Office of Civic Engagement and the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland, this nonpartisan event gives students and other attendees the opportunity to discuss issues that are important to them in a safe space that focuses on how they can take their passion for an issue and turn it into action with the guidance of our local government official facilitators.

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National Voter Registration Day was an Amazing Day for the CSU Community!

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Cleveland State University’s Office of Civic Engagement (OCE) held a successful National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) on Tuesday, September 20 in several campus locations—the Student Center on the second floor on the Inner Link; Ronald Berkman Hall Atrium on the first floor; and the outdoor plaza between the Student Center, Berkman Hall, and Michael Schwartz Library. 44 voters were registered and 14 vote-by-mail forms were collected. CSU’s commitment to voter registration was demonstrated by CSU President Dr. Laura Bloomberg and Magnus T. Viking who joined the OCE Director Anita Ruf-Young to encourage voter registration.

OCE collaborated on this event with partners at Northeast Ohio Voter Advocates, Campus Vote Project, Democracy Fellows, Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Cleveland NAACP, the Greater Cleveland League of Women Voters, Cleveland VOTES, and CSU’s Office of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement. 

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The Office of Civic Engagement Earns CSU recognition among Washington Monthly’s “America’s Best Colleges for Student Voting.”
To make Washington Monthly’s student voting honor roll this year, universities had to submit 2020 and 2022 action plans to the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge. Schools also needed to have signed up to receive data from the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE), which calculates college-specific registration and voting rates. They must also have made their 2018 and 2020 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. 

We Are Hiring!

The Office of Civic Engagement will be hiring several CSU students to work in Community Service Learning jobs through America Reads, Viking Corps, and as Democracy Fellows.

The Office of Civic Engagement Will Host Several Voter Registration Tables for Fall Semester 2022
OCE will be hosting several Voter Registration Tables across campus on between August 31 and October 3, 2022. Be sure to stop by if you need to register to vote, update your registration, or register to vote by mail.

The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections (CCBOE) is one of Cleveland State University’s critical partners when it comes to civic engagement. The University’s Office of Civic Engagement on campus has been working with the CCBOE to better engage students and our campus community through supporting their work—particularly around the elections taking place each year.

To that end, the partnership is yielding another great opportunity for students. CCBOE needs Election Night Ballot Box Openers on Tuesday, August 2, 2022 for Election Night Processing. The four-hour guaranteed-pay job earns $15.00 per hour per student; 125 slots are available. 

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Ways YOU Can Help the Citizens of Ukraine

More than 42,000 Ukrainians call Ohio home. More than 4,100 of them live in Parma, Ohio. If you are interested and able to help the citizens of Ukraine who are currently being impacted by the war, please check out the links in the PDF below. These organizations are assisting Ukrainians with food distribution, border reception and transportation, medical supplies, pet support, and the evacuation of children in this conflict area. There are Forty-four million citizens of Ukraine, to date, two million refugees have fled the country. One million of those refugees are children.

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