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Civic Engagement


Civic Engagement at SU

Student-Led Civic Engagement

Students

ARTS FESTIVAL

The Arts Festival shares its love and passion of the arts with our campus, the local youth, and their families by providing a day of artistic activities and performances from a variety of content areas

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FacultySPLASH

A program that brings high school students to Southwestern for a one-day event in which they sign up for classes taught by Southwestern students, staff, and faculty, as well as other volunteer teachers from the community.
Community Partners

SMArT

A mentoring program that provides Southwestern University students with the opportunity to share their interests in science or math with elementary school students over the course of about 10 weeks.

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Students

COMMUNITY GARDEN

Incorporating the Southwestern and Georgetown local community in sustainable food production that increases knowledge of gardening and benefits local food banks through donations of fresh produce.

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Faculty

OPERATION ACHIEVEMENT

A mentoring and enrichment program which assists selected 6th-8th grade students in the Georgetown Independent School District to develop the discipline & motivation necessary for academic success.

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Community Partners

THE BIG EVENT

An annual, national day of service designed to help connect students and the community by giving students the opportunity to spend four hours volunteering at a wide range of local organizations.

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Civic Engagement in the News

  • The United Way of Williamson County has selected Southwestern University as its Volunteer Partner of the Year for 2013. The award is given annually to a United Way campaign partner that has shown the greatest commitment to volunteering in Williamson County. “Selecting Southwestern for this award was an easy choice,” said Laurie Garza, development director for the United Way of Williamson County. Garza said Southwestern was selected to receive the award during a conference call with the 18 local nonprofit agencies that are funded by United Way of Williamson County. “We asked our agencies to nominate a workplace campaign site that in addition to conducting an employee giving campaign, also works to better the community by volunteering with those organizations,” Garza said. “They came up with a laundry list of ways that the students and faculty at Southwestern have make a difference to Williamson County.” Read more here.