Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) on Civic Engagement for Student Leaders

The Civic Engagement academic program will offer a range of interactive and immersive activities. Outside of four-week course module, students will engage in service-learning opportunities and workshops with faculty, local government and community organizations.

The interdisciplinary class, Democracy, Citizenship and Civic Activism, will take place on UNL campus during the first four weeks, led by university faculty. The weekly topics are as follows:

  • American Government and History
  • American Society: Past and Present
  • Rights in America, Rights in the World
  • Digital Media and Civic Activism

The program will also include work in the field, meeting and discussing pressing issues with both public policymakers and private civic workers. Visits to the Nebraska state capitol building, Gallup Inc. and local grassroots organizations will expose students to different models of leadership within the community for change.

Semiweekly leadership seminars by UNL’s Center for Civic Engagement will target development of leadership skills in all participants, based on the Social Change Model for Leadership Development, promoting equity, social justice, self-knowledge, personal empowerment, collaboration, citizenship and service.

A seven-day service tour to Washington, D.C. via Alabama will combine volunteer work for with exposure to symbols of the United States highlighting human and civil rights and civic engagement.