Evergreen Student Civic Engagement Institute

“It’s amazing what a group of engaged students can do in a week…”
—2013 Participant

September 13-18, 2015

For newly admitted first-year students

A dynamic, interactive experience where you will connect with peers, faculty, and leaders in the community to expand your capacity to be a change agent!

  • Five-day residential academic institute
  • Earn 2 credits toward your bachelor’s degree

The mission of the Institute is to prepare participants to be informed, engaged and socially responsible citizens who communicate with civility across significant difference to influence change for the common good.

As a liberal arts college, Evergreen has a strong history of producing alumni with the capacity to make a difference in the world. We know many students choose to attend Evergreen because of this tradition. Offered for the first time in 2013, we are pleased to once again offer newly admitted first-year students the opportunity to participate in the Evergreen Student Civic Engagement Institute (ESCEI) that will take place September 13-18, 2015 just before the start of Welcome Week and New Student Orientation.

Student Civic Engagement Trust Activity PhotoThis Institute provides an exciting way to introduce students to the Evergreen community, including concrete experiences to foster leadership and communication skills. By participating in ESCEI, students will have the opportunity to engage in a vibrant residential learning community with peers, faculty, and community leaders throughout the Puget Sound region. The Institute will emphasize the following areas:

  • Community service with local organizations;
  • Reflection on the value of community engagement;
  • Conflict resolution at the group level;
  • Collaborative problem solving;
  • Consensus building on important issues; and
  • Building community at Evergreen

Student Civic Engagement Classroom PhotoSuccessful completion of ESCEI, including the five-day residential program and a modest amount of continued academic work during fall quarter, will result in earning two academic credits.

Incoming Evergreen students who have previously earned less than 45 college credits are encouraged to fill out a short application which will be available in early March.  Applications received by May 15, 2015 will receive priority consideration for the limited number of seats in this program.

While the full cost for this residential institute is $475, we have received a generous donation from a community member that enables us to offer several full and partial scholarships. Therefore, please don’t let financial concerns deter you from applying. Participants will be selected and informed of their admission to the program by June 15.

Please note that, while the $475 fee does not cover tuition, students are charged the same tuition rate for 10-18 undergraduate credits. Thus, a student registered in a 16-credit full-time program will not incur an additional tuition charge to participate in ESCEI.

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