Jumpstart your Evergreen education, explore democratic ideals, and meet other Greeners who want to make a difference in the world.

A week-long residential program for newly admitted first-year students

September 14 - 20, 2016 

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Already admitted to ESCEI? Reserve your spot today! Pay your $50 deposit and any remaining balance here. Deposits are due July 15, balances August 15.

The Evergreen Student Civic Engagement Institute (ESCEI) offers a great way to begin your career as a Greener!  As one of 50 students, all new to the Evergreen community, you'll participate in a vibrant learning community, earn academic credit, and build your leadership and communication skills.

The six-day Institute, for newly-admitted first-year students, emphasizes:

Students at GRUB harvest fruit as a team.

Students visit the local organic farm, GRuB, and learn about the community.

  • Academic exploration of democratic values
  • Reflection on the value of community engagement
  • Conflict resolution
  • Community service with local organizations
  • Collaborative problem solving
  • Civil discourse
  • Community building at Evergreen

The Institute runs from September 14 - 20, just prior to the beginning of Evergreen's Welcome Week and New Student Orientation.  For those of you living on campus, the Institute lets you settle in your dorm room a week early. Those of you living off campus during the academic year will have a chance to experience college housing during the week-long program.

We’ll hear from elected officials, non-profit leaders, community activists, educators, and current students. We’ll wrestle with global and local issues. We'll get to know Olympia—the state capital and Evergreen's extended community. We’ll volunteer at a non-profit to help meet community needs.

Students at the Capitol Lake

Students explore the ongoing debate about Olympia's Capitol Lake: to keep it a lake or return it to an estuary.

Most importantly, we’ll think deeply and discuss what it means to live meaningfully in democratic society. (Check out the speakers and events for our 2016 program.)

Institute participants will earn up to two academic credits for the successful completion of the six-day academic program and a modest amount of work during fall quarter. 

If this sounds like an exciting opportunity for you, and you'd like to contribute your own gifts and abilities to make the ESCEI learning community a success, please use the link in the upper right to apply.  If you'd like more information, you can hear from past Institute participants in the video below, or contact John McLain, Institute director, at (360) 867-6045 or using the email contact form at right.