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Civic Learning and Engagement Certificate

The Civic Learning and Engagement Certificate is a program for Drexel University students interested in expanding their skills and knowledge in the field of social justice. Interested students will complete three core workshops and three elective workshops to satisfy the criteria and will be recognized with a certificate signed by President John Fry and a small token of achievement by the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement. The program may be completed over a two-term period or over multiple years.


How do I enroll?

Step 1: Complete this quick form to inform the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement of your intention to complete the Civic Learning and Engagement Certificate. The Lindy Center for Civic Engagement will add you to the list-serv to learn of upcoming sessions.

Step 2: Sign-up for sessions via DragonLink.


Who’s eligible?

All Drexel undergraduate and graduate students in all areas of study are eligible to earn the Civic Learning and Engagement Certificate. Please note that this program is not for academic credit.


What are the requirements?

Students must complete three 90-minute core workshops as well as any three electives:


Core Workshops

  • Building the Bridge Between You and Your Community: This workshop will explore the many paths  individuals can take to becoming civically engaged in their communities. Come learn about various forms of civic engagement, develop an understanding of key terms and definitions, and start building your bridge!
  • Understanding Power and Privilege: Starting with our individual and shared experiences, this workshop will engage with the concepts of power and privilege, and begin to unpack the systems of power we all operate in. All are welcome to discuss and debate in an inclusive and respectful environment.
  • Getting the Most out of Your Service Experience: This workshop will explore how to get the most of your community service experiences. Come learn how to choose the right opportunities, how to reflect on your experience, and how to leverage new skills learned for the workplace.

Sample Electives

  • PHENND Student Service Leaders Summit
  • Mastering Media Literacy
  • Unpacking Poverty
  • Trauma and Mental Health First Aid Training
  • Navigating Political Polarization and Extremism
  • Social Justice Initiatives Around the Globe
  • Best Practices for Serving Youth

Why should I enroll in this program?

This is an opportunity to expand your horizons in the field of social justice beyond completion of community service hours. Whether you’re actively engaged in the community or just starting out, the Civic Learning and Engagement Certificate is a great way to spark dialogue and continue your education. Plus, this will look great on your resume!


What are the learning outcomes?

  • Students will develop a plan to implement their own civic pathway, focusing on tangible strategies to be an active and engaged citizen in their community.
  • Students will learn about the dynamics of power and privilege, as well as reflect upon their own foundation of privilege and its effects on service, social justice, and students’ daily lives.
  • Students will learn how to maximize their service experiences, including building civic professionalism and developing interpersonal skills.
  • Students will be exposed to at least one new social justice issue and how it relates to their daily life.
  • Students will build community with their fellow students during trainings through problem-solving and interactions with new peers.