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Connecting learning to the public interest
CCE offers a spectrum of academic and co-curricular programs that help students connect to civic life in meaningful ways. Programs include:
A music mentoring initiative at the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center
A five-quarter, credit-bearing certificate program in collaboration with SESP
An immersive summer field study program combining coursework, internships, & field experiences
Grad students combine coursework on public scholarship with a community-based practicum
An early childhood education program in Evanston and Chicago preschools
Grad students explore the role of the humanities in public life
Events that connect students to civic assets throughout the city of Chicago
Yearlong, paid public service fellowships for graduating seniors
Northwestern’s award-winning voter engagement initiative
Promoting meaningful civic engagement across the University and in the community
CCE works across schools, departments, and constituencies to make responsible civic engagement a cultural norm at Northwestern.
Building networks across Evanston and Chicago
CCE has partnered with hundreds of organizations in and around Evanston, Chicago, and beyond to develop opportunities for shared learning and mutual benefit. Partners represent civic and nonprofit organizations in nearly every field – arts, public health, politics, and many more. Read more about partnering with CCE on the Community Partners page.