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The Office of Civic Engagement supports faculty, students, staff and administrators to allow them to develop, expand and sustain collaborative, mutually beneficial partnerships with community residents, organizations and institutions. These partnerships contribute to student learning and academic scholarship while contributing to the social and economic well-being of Cleveland, its neighborhoods and the Northeast Ohio region. Visit our website to learn more at
News & Events

Students: Find an Opportunity to Volunteer 

Students looking to give back and serve the community will find plenty of volunteer opportunities with Viking Corps. The Viking Corps program, facilitated by the Office of Civic Engagement at CSU and BVU: Volunteers, has positions available ranging from advocacy and human rights to work with animals to arts and culture to senior care and more.

Click here to find volunteer opportunities near you.

Student Spotlight: Deshawn Fuller

As a LINK Scholar, Deshawn Fuller has found that his communication and networking skills have evolved. Through the LINK program, which connects minority students with mentorships in underrepresented fields, Deshawn has had the opportunity to network with influential members of the community and fellow student leaders at CSU.

"Being a LINK Scholar has definitely made me a better student," he said. "LINK helps me stay focused and set goals which make me work even harder to obtain those goals."

Read more about Deshawn here.

Lift Up Vikes! Donation Bins Available Around Campus

CSU's Lift Up Vikes!, a resource center and food pantry housed in the Recreation Center, is now accepting donations throughout campus. Donations of non-perishable foods, winter clothing items and personal care items are accepted. Click here for a list of suggested items to donate.

Donation bins are now located in the Michael Schwartz Library, Julka Hall, the Student Center Welcome Desk and Campus 411 in Main Classroom.

Learn more about Lift Up Vikes!

CAB Supports Giving Tuesday

After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, there's a holiday dedicated to giving back to the community - Giving Tuesday,

CSU's Campus Activity Board will participate. CAB will have stations to make blankets for babies and care packages for soldiers that will be donated to great causes. The events will take place in the Student Center Atrium on Nov. 29 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Click here for more info.

Featured Project: Center for Community Planning

CSU is part of the discussion in Northeast Ohio about leveraging Cleveland’s lakefront and riverfronts to the benefit of the community. CSU’s Center for Community Planning and Development at the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs organized a program on waterfront development at the Levin College Forum last spring. It was the first in a series of programs examining the future of Cleveland’s waterfront.

Read about the program here.

Article: Fulfilling CSU's Role as Educator and Anchor

As an urban anchor institution, CSU has sought to respond to a multiplicity of economic and social demands. The roles of an anchor institution include that of real estate developer, purchaser, employer, workforce development, and service provider. CSU offers many initiatives that seek to respond to these demands concurrently. None more effectively captures this dual obligation of educator and community-builder than the University’s “Education Park” model.

In a recent article in the Journal on Anchor Institutions, CSU President Ronald M. Berkman and Vice President for University Engagement Byron P. White explore the "Education Park" model in detail.

Read the article here.
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