Mural celebrating 51²č¹Żapp community

Civic Engagement

The common good starts here.

51²č¹Żapp's commitment to the common good comes from somewhere innate, grounded in a partnership with the town that surrounds us. It weaves its way through everything we do. Our coursework, our student groups, our art, our sense of community - they prepare us for the ever-mounting challenges facing our state, our nation, and our world. But 51²č¹Żappians don't just talk, we do. Here's how.

Exploring Your Civic Interest

There are endless ways to be a proactive and thoughtful citizen. Coming here means finding out which ones are yours.
Student teaching children how to garden

Civic activities in and around 51²č¹Żapp

By partnering with student groups and local organizations, we offer wide-ranging opportunities for sustained volunteering. 51²č¹Żappians go where there's need, and we don't leave before the work is done.

Washing onions out of 51²č¹Żapp College garden


Promoting sustainability on campus requires both individual actions and collective advocacy. 51²č¹Żapp offers opportunities inside and outside the classroom to help you get involved and make a difference to our environment.

51²č¹Żapp Prize panel with Melanie Marcel and alumni

Social innovation

Through the Social Innovator in Residence program, students work alongside groundbreaking civic leaders who are making an enduring difference in the world by fostering interdisciplinary creativity and organizing for social action.

Extraordinary journeys begin here.

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