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What does it mean to be a member of a community, to be a citizen of a place?

The Interdisciplinary Program in Civic Innovation asks students to grapple with the most pressing questions of the social world. Our students embrace the opportunity to think critically about what our obligations and responsibilities are as citizens of any place. Whether we are teachers or chemists, nurses or engineers, we all have to make decisions about how we live in the world together. In the classroom and in a variety of civic engagement projects, Civic Innovation students work to develop the skills and knowledge to be innovative problem solvers in their communities. The program is rooted in the belief that all persons have the potential to make creative contributions to the common good and that all places have the potential to be safe and healthy places for all people.

Meet Civic Innovation students.

Sarah Dutton

CVIN Major, Sarah Dutton is a tremendous asset to our E&H community. She takes on an active r... CVIN Major, Sarah Dutton is a tremendous asset to our E&H community. She takes on an active role at the E&H Garden and is the student leader of the Stinger's Supply Shelf.

Learn more about Sarah’s work with Stinger’s Supply Shelf below: 

Civic Innovation Major students serve as members of the Appalachian Center staff in bimonthly mee...Civic Innovation Major students serve as members of the Appalachian Center staff in bimonthly meetings.

Six Civic Innovation Seniors serve as project leaders for various initiatives across the region. Theses Seniors report project progress along with staff members of the Appalachian Center in bimonthly staff meetings. The students have just as much ownership over their projects as the staff does and all members work together to provide feedback and assistance. These student-led projects have a wide reach– some impacting the E&H campus and other local communities. The work that these students are leading is transformational and will last beyond their four years.

Recognizing the Class of 2022 Civic Innovation Majors outside of Appalachian Center for Civic Lif... Recognizing the Class of 2022 Civic Innovation Majors outside of Appalachian Center for Civic Life