Educators can help boost civic engagement among college students. Christina Cress (2014) authored Civic Engagement and Student Success: Leveraging Multiple Degrees of Achievement
that outlines promising practices and action steps for institutions and educators. She concludes that civic engagement:
... has the potential to help students develop their capacities for understanding their role in complex social, economic, and political systems. While students may find the gravity of contemporary issues daunting, they can learn life-altering lessons by successfully effecting change through civic engagement. Institutions that advance civic connections as a form of engaged learning will enhance student knowledge, skills, and motivation, leading to academic and community success. (para 24)
Faculty and staff members can do much to inspire and nudge students to participate in service. Whether that be through class announcements, encouraging membership in service organizations (i.e. SMU Mustang Heroes
, Engage Dallas Student Directors
), offering extra credit for service, or inspiring action-based research benefiting the Dallas community.