Evergreen Student Civic Engagement Institute

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 12 - 18, 2018

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

The six-day Institute for 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 12 - 18, 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 meet with Evergreen President George Bridges.

Most importantly, we’ll think deeply and discuss what it means to live meaningfully in democratic society. (Check back for more about the speakers and events for our 2018 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 escei@evergreen.edu.

Aya Kondo speaking at R2EAya Kondo speaking at Return to Evergreen event.

It let us dip our hands in a variety of different pools, exposing us to the various opportunities to engage at Evergreen, and it definitely helped me be more confident.

Aya Kondo

Read more about Aya's story and see what past participants are saying.