Evergreen Student Civic Engagement Institute

Jumpstart your Evergreen education,move in early, and make friends with other Greeners excited to get involved in the community! This week-long residential program is for first-year students.

​September 16-21, 2020

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 in the 2018 ESCEI pre-orientation program volunteer at local garden and education non-profit GRUB.

  • 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 18-23, 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.


Carlos Del Angel-Evans leads a workshop on community for the students of ESCEI.

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 2019 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 apply using our online application. If you'd like more information, you can hear from past Institute participants in the video below, or contact us at smithje@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.