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"A socially cohesive and economically vibrant US democracy…require[s] informed, engaged, open-minded, and socially responsible people committed to the common good and practiced in ‘doing’ democracy…." 
Excerpt from A Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy’s Future

The Bonner Center for Civic Engagement understands civic engagement to be a lifelong practice that spans numerous ways of ‘doing democracy,’ including the modes for action described below. We will continue to develop these important resources for taking action, as a way to support students, faculty, staff, alumni, and members of our greater community in engaging meaningfully towards the common good. We welcome suggestions for resources to add.

Community-Based Learning and Research

Community-Based Learning refers to a broad spectrum of curricular activity that connects students to communities for the purpose of deepening learning.

Community-Engaged Research engages faculty expertise with the expertise of community stakeholders in order to co-create new knowledge that serves a public good extending beyond the academic purpose of the work. 

Community Organizing and Activism

Community Organizing and Activism is involving, educating, and mobilizing individual or collective action to influence or persuade others.

The First Amendment protects your right to assemble and express your views through protest, but it's important that you are informed and prepared before you protest. The following sites may be helpful as you plan.

Direct Service

Direct Service is working to address the immediate needs of individuals or a community, often involving contact with the people or places being served.


Philanthropy is donating or using private funds or charitable contributions from individuals or institutions to contribute to the public good.

Political Engagement

Political Engagement is participating in political processes and policymaking.

Social Entrepreneurship and Corporate Social Responsibility

Social Entrepreneurship and Corporate Social Responsibility is using ethical business or private sector approaches to create or expand market-oriented responses to social or environmental problems.

Haas Center for Public Service

The Pathways of Public Service and Civic Engagement at Stanford's Haas Center for Public Service was a guide as we created these resources for action.