Building a model of the engaged university where…

Undergraduates connect learning with real-world experiences.

Graduate students think beyond the classroom.

Faculty embrace the public purpose of their disciplines.

Alumni become the next generation of civic leaders.

Engage your world. Center for
Civic Engagement


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.


    Undergraduates encounter a range of starting points and graduated opportunities to develop civic knowledge and skills, and to apply their learning in real-world settings. Learn more


    Graduate students discover opportunities to build community, engage locally, develop professional skills, and explore public scholarship. Learn more


    Faculty pursue the public purpose of their disciplines through civically engaged teaching, learning, and research, as well as public-facing projects and events. Learn more


    Alumni go on to pursue public office, build award-winning nonprofits, and much more. Our community partners help enhance student learning while contributing to stronger communities. Learn more


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.


To make informed, responsible civic engagement a cultural norm at Northwestern; and to make engaged teaching, learning, research, and civic participation a signature strength of the University.