Welcome to Cornell's connection to civic engagement opportunities! The Civic Engagement Office (CEO) facilitates hundreds of service and leadership opportunities for students across Cornell. A student working with the CEO might chair a planning committee for Cornell’s Relay For Life, complete an intense week of service at sites across the country through an Alternative Break trip, mentor a student at the local elementary or middle school, or connect with one of many local volunteer opportunities in the greater Cornell community. 

No matter how students become involved, the CEO is dedicated to helping them follow their passions, build their skills, and prepare for a lifetime of service and leadership. Inspired by this mission, reflecting the values of the college, and positioned at the forefront of thematic trends in higher education, the CEO has developed into a vibrant and growing component of the co-curricular experience of Cornell.

The Active Citizen

The Active Citizen is our monthly newsletter that includes all of the events and opportunities available through our office, as well as notable news clips, blog posts, journal articles, and other interesting finds. If you would like to submit an event or suggestion for the newsletter, please contact the office.

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View our most recent newsletter (Block 2, October 2017)

Civic Engagement Minor

Cornell faculty and staff developed a minor in civic engagement, providing students the opportunity to integrate civic lessons learned in the classroom with real-world service projects. Students are able to declare the minor at any point in their Cornell career.