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  • Students registering other students to vote.

Civic Engagement

The Leadership and Service Center equips students to positively impact their communities through self-exploration and connections. We believe being civically engaged helps students become responsible, educated citizens in local, national and global communities.

Get Involved

Interested in working on year-round nonpartisan civic engagement programming? Fill out our Civic Leadership Education Action Team Interest form to get started! 

Creating a Meaningful Dialogue 

During these difficult times, we must all step up as leaders to create the dialogue our campus and communities desperately need. Having conversations with people you disagree with is important now more than ever. Respecting the identities of all is crucial in starting productive dialogue. Learn more about facilitating difficult conversations by reading our Creating a Meaningful Dialogue Guide

Statement of Nonpartisanship

The Leadership and Service Center’s involvement in civic engagement is a nonpartisan effort. Our initiatives are meant to encourage informed and active participation in government, increase understanding of public issues, and create a culture of civic education and advocacy. The Leadership and Service Center does not support nor oppose any candidates for office or political party. As a center, we recognize it is unlikely for individual members of our team to be entirely nonpartisan with their personal views. Despite this, we find strength from this diversity of opinions and thoughts, rather than weakness. To balance our political ideologies, we intentionally select students from across the political spectrum in hopes of representing everyone.

Civic Engagement Programs

 

The Civic Leadership Education and Action Team (CLEAT) envisions and plans initiatives to cultivate deliberation, enhance civic literacy, and increase voter engagement on campus.   

Every year, CLEAT spearheads a Voter Registration Coalition composed of members of a variety of different student organizations and departmental programs. This coalition provides opportunities for students to register to vote, request an absentee ballot, verify their registration, find their polling location, and even see their sample ballot!

Fall 2021 In-Person voter registration drive:

  • National Voter Registration Day: Sept. 28, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 

CLEAT partners with university departments to bring guest speakers to campus to discuss current events and hot topics in civic engagement. 

Previous guest speaker events:

  • Mass Media & Politics: Josh Dawsey, Washington Post White House Correspondent
  • Civility Series: Former Representative Bakari Sellers and Representative Micah Caskey
  • Congress to Campus: Honorable Jason Altmire and Honorable Dan Miller
  • Diversity in Politics: Mayor Elise Partin, Representative Mandy Powers Norrell, City Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine, and Former State Representative Candidate Rebecca Thompson
  • Civility Series Film Symposium: Honorable Jason Altmire, CEO Lee Johnson, and Zac McCracy

CLEAT facilitates deliberative dialogues for classes, student organizations, or groups who are interested in having a facilitated conversation on a social issue. To request a deliberation, please complete the presentation request form.

Previous deliberation topics included:

  • A House Divided: What would we have to give up to get the political system we want?
  • Back to Work: How should we rebuild our economy?
  • Coming to America: Who should we welcome? What should we do?
  • Free Speech & the Inclusive Campus: How do we foster the campus community we want?
  • Voting: How should we safegaurd and improve our elections?
  • Youth & Opportunity: What should we do for future generations to thrive?

In recognition of Constitution Day, the Civic Leadership Education and Action Team (CLEAT) and the Carolina Judicial Council are partnering to bring you Conversation Cafe! Learn about the connections to the Carolinian Creed and discover the importance of being an active citizen. 

Student leaders will be present to guide the dialogue at each table and participants are encouraged to visit at least two different tables during the event. 

Brunch items, in addition to coffee and tea, will be provided. You can RSVP here


Get Involved

Looking to be a more active citizen? Join the Civic Learning Education and Action Team (CLEAT), a group of students committed to enhancing nonpartisan year-round civic education and action on our campus. CLEAT aims to cultivate fundamental principles for deliberation, and analyze systems of power in order to plan and engage in public action. Contact Rachel Taylor at rotaylor@email.sc.edu for more information. 


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