Constitution Day was initially created in response to a federal mandate requiring all public educational institutions to hold an educational event about the U.S. Constitution near Constitution Day on September 17. Broadening its scope, the committee is interested in having events throughout the year to promote civic engagement and responsibility throughout the community. In addition, Civic Responsibility is a General Education Competency and Civic Engagement is going to be a criterion for evaluation by the Higher Learning Commission.
The Civic and Democratic Learning Committee’s mission is to facilitate, encourage, and increase informed civic participation on St. Clair County Community College’s campus and within our community. - Adopted Feb. 23, 2021
Vignettes on the Constitution
Voter Registration Drive
To: Full-Time Faculty <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Adjunct <email@example.com>
Subject: #SC4Votes - Constitution Day
As a part of our Constitution Day celebration next week, we are trying to highlight why people should vote. To help with this, we are asking students, staff and faculty to post a photo of yourself holding a small sign saying why you vote on a social media platform with the hashtag #SC4Votes. If you want, you can also email the photo to firstname.lastname@example.org and it will be included in our College’s social media profile.
To get the ball rolling on this, I offered extra credit today to students if they would stay after class to do this. I had 21 students (out of 49) participate! The CDLC would love it if you would promote this to your students next week also. The extra credit is entirely up to you. An email will be going out to everyone on Tuesday about this promotion among other Constitution Day communication. It would be lovely if we got students thinking about what issues they care about and why they should vote.
If you have any questions about any of this, please feel free to contact me.
Rebecca Lubbers, J.D.
Political Science Professor, (she/her/hers)
323 Erie Street
P.O. Box 5015
Port Huron, MI 48061-5015
CRITERIA 1. MISSION
1.C. The Institution provides opportunities for civic engagement in a diverse, multicultural society and globally-connected world, as appropriate within its mission and for the constituencies it serves.
(Definitions from the Glossary of Criteria Terminology that relate to 1.C.)
Civic Engagement = Community service or any number of other efforts (by individuals or groups) intended to address issues of public or community concern.
Cocurricular = Learning activities, programs and experiences that reinforce the institution’s mission and values and complement the formal curriculum. Examples: Study abroad, student-faculty research experiences, service learning, professional clubs or organizations, athletics, honor societies, career services, etc.