The Office of Active Citizenship and Service (OACS) exists to connect students with opportunities to engage with and learn from communities through meaningful service, capacity-building, and civic participation locally, nationally, and globally. Utilizing frameworks of social justice education, critical service-learning, and human-centered design, OACS facilitates an educational experience that prepares students to identify and confront systems of oppression and to work alongside communities to establish creative, just, and lasting social change.
This is succinctly reflected in the OACS motto:
EXPLORE. ACT. REFLECT.
Core Guiding Principles
The following principles inform all work that OACS undertakes and focus both message and practice.
OACS expresses a commitment to the living-learning community through:
- Humble service
- Critical reflection
- Action for global justice
- Informed participation
- Acknowledging personal privilege
- Empathy and human dignity
- Personal accountability
Primary Learning Outcomes
Led by these core guiding principles, the office developed primary learning outcomes in 2014-15. The outcomes are in place to drive programs and initiatives, ensuring that proper assessment practices are developed and followed.
- Increase commitment to peace and social justice.
- Understand that reflection leads to greater learning and continual improvement.
- Critically examine one’s own values, beliefs, and personal ethics in an interconnected world.
- Deepen respect for human dignity and inspire action with empathy.
- Actively seek out knowledge to be an informed participant in society.
- Challenge assumptions of personal privilege.
- Respect diverse perspectives.
- Broaden the depth of active listening.
- Hold oneself accountable for actions and decisions.
OACS is housed within the Office of the Dean of Students. The mission of the Dean of Students can be found here.