Center for Community & Civic Engagement


The Center for Community and Civic Engagement (CCCE) brings focus to our human and intellectual potential; creating a vision, infrastructure, and programs to drive high impact community and civic engagement priorities in service to the public good.

Our commitment is to generate "Global Solutions for Regional Issues," both close to home and, wherever in the region, state, nation, and world where BGSU has committed partnerships and relevant expertise.


The National and Community Service Act of 1990 defined community service as: Those services designed to improve the quality of life for community residents (general public), particularly low-income individuals, or solving problems related to their needs.

At BGSU we emphasize that community engagement and community service activities (local, regional/state, national, global) should address critical societal issues and contribute to the public good.

Community service is usually tied to a non-profit organization, community based organization or network, governmental entity, non-governmental or civic organization working to address the public good. Activities associated with a for-profit organization would only count where those activities were tied to a public good, for example corporate volunteer programs, or a business organizing an event to benefit a non-profit.

The emphasis is on the people being helped and the service being offered. Designed to improve the quality of life for all community members/residents, or to solve particular problems related to their needs, including such fields as health care, child care, literacy training, educational access, economic vitality and job and career success, social services, transportation, housing and neighborhood improvement, public safety, disaster relief, crime prevention and safety, recreation, rural development, environment and sustainability, community health and vitality, equity and diversity, access and universal design, etc.

So what counts as community engagement/service?

  • Direct community service activities (i.e. tutoring, building homes, visiting older adults, clearing invasive species, etc.) including planning time, the direct service, and reflection time.
  • Indirect service activities that impact the public good (i.e. raising funds or recruiting volunteers for a community based organization, serving on a board or planning committee, engaging in research or administrative tasks that support the community impact goals of an organization).
  • Community organizing (i.e. non-partisan voter registration drives, educational campaigns addressing critical community issues).
  • Community-Based Learning Courses (direct community engagement/service activities including any required training and preparation, and reflection activities).
  • Projects sponsored by student clubs/organizations and faith based entities that provide a direct service to the local community, including time spent planning a community service activity.
  • Service oriented alternative break trips or educational experiences.
  • Activities through a faith community/ place of worship that provide assistance to non-members (participating in mission work impacting a community, providing meals for those in need, operating a food pantry or clothing store)

What does not count as community service?

  • Activities for which a person is paid wages or a stipend.
  • Non-profit internship hours and observational or practicum hours that are part of degree requirements and do not include direct community service.
  • Service volunteered for private businesses or for-profit organizations such as staffing a booth at a public event or distributing materials.
  • Political campaigning or partisan political activities promoting a political candidate or party. Community service is non-partisan.
  • Meetings or class hours, unless the time was spent planning or completing a community service activity.
  • Student club/organization activities, unless the activities provide a direct service to the local community.
  • Religious activities such as proselytizing or religious education.
  • Service connected to a place of worship/faith based community/private organization designed to benefit members (i.e. singing in the choir, ushering, running the video/sound equipment, grounds keeping, teaching classes or providing childcare are examples of activities that benefit the faith community/ organizations and its members rather than the public good).
  • Contributing a donation (i.e. giving food, clothing, money, etc.).
  • Service that directly impacts BGSU (i.e. Orientation Leader, Campus Guide, recruitment or program outreach, etc.
  • Fundraising that benefits self, i.e. activities that raise money to fund one’s own participation in service related activities, support a student organization, or faith community/place of worship.
  • Assisting neighbors, i.e. activities such as mowing the neighbor’s lawn or shoveling a driveway are wonderful acts of kindness but do not count as community service.

Community-Based Learning, also known as service-learning, is a class based, credit-bearing educational experience which integrates academic material, relevant community-based engagement and/or service activities, and critical reflection based on a reciprocal partnership that engage students, faculty/staff, and community members in achievement of academic and disciplinary learning objectives and civic outcomes to advance public purposes.

In the Spring of 2016 students in Theatre & Film 4900, taught by Dr. Thomas Castillo, produced this community-based learning highlight video. Thank you to students: Matt Henkes, Samantha Lambert, Roger Reynolds, and Benjamin Price. Additional thanks to professors Dr. Lisa Hanasono, Dr. Khani Begum, Dr. Kate Magsamen-Conrad, Dr. Sarah Rainey, and Civic Action Leaders Megan Sigler, Andrew Art, and Jocelyn Williams

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Learning Community for Community-Based Learning

Calling all faculty to apply today for this unique learning community.  This two-year learning community supports the creation of high quality community-based learning (service-learning) courses.  Participants will exapand their understanding of communigy engaged pedagogy, dialogue with peers engaged in course design, and participate in an on-going professional development network during course delivery.  Participants will impllemnt their course in the second year of the program with the assistance of a $1,000 course grant.  Preference given to particiapnts designing Winter Session courses for January 2019.  Applications due June 16, 2017.

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Bowling Green Community Tour  

Thursday, May 11, 2017
9:00 am - 4:30 pm, Wood County Public Library
RSVP to or 419-372-9865 by MAY 9th, 2017

Join us for a day of dialogue with community partners and seasoned community-based learning faculty members to learn more about how you can connect your teaching and research to community projects/needs in Bowling Green and Wood County.  Throughout the day we will visit a variety of community partner locations in downtown Bowling Green.

Organizations represented will include: Wood County Committee on Aging, Wood County Public Library, BG Schools, BG Foundation, Downtown BG, Chamber of Commerce, Wood Lane, United Way in Wood County, Salvation Army of Bowling Green, BG Parks and Recreation, Wood County Extension Office, Bowling Green Recycling Center, and more.

  • Wood County Public Library- 9:00am-10:00am (bagels, coffee and donuts breakfast will be available)
    • Community Tour Orientation (Faculty Members Only)
    • Facilitators:
      • Dr. Kate Magsamen-Conrad, Media and Communication
      • Dr. Shannon Orr, Political Science
      • Dr. V Jane Rosser, Director of the Center for Community and Civic Engagement
      • Paul Valdez, Associate Director of Center for Community and Civic Engagement
      • Marissa Lumbrezer, Graduate Assistant for Center for Community and Civic Engagement
  • Wood County Public Library – 10:30am-11:30am
    • Education/Children and Family Community Panel
    • Confirmed Panelists:
      • Ginny Stewart, BG Schools
      • Susan Spencer, Bobcat PAWS Program
      • Michele Raine, Wood County Public Library
      • Maria Simon, Wood County Public Library
      • Dr. Kim Christensen, Inclusive Early Childhood Education
  • Senior Center - 11:45am-12:45pm Lunch will be available
    • Health and Wellness Community Panel
    • Confirmed Panelists:
      • Teri Laurer, Wood County Hospital
      • Danielle Brogley, Wood County Committee on Aging
  • Four Corners – 1:00pm-2:00pm
    • Economic Development Community Panel
    • Confirmed Panelists:
      • Sue Clark, BG Foundation
      • Mary Hinkelman, DowntownBG
      • Vic Gable, Wood Lane
  • United Way – 2:15pm-3:15pm
    • Hunger and Homelessness Community Panel
    • Confirmed Panelists:
      • Sue Clanton and Jamie Brubaker, United Way in Wood County
      • Harley Maddox, Salvation Army of Bowling Green
      • Carrie Hamady, Food and Nutrition
      • Dr. Sara Khorshidifard, Architecture
  • City Park Stone Shelter – 3:30pm-4:30pm
    • Environment and Sustainability Community Panel
    • Confirmed Panelists:
      • Kristen Otley, BG Parks and Recreation
      • Jamie Sands, Wood County Park District
      • Dr. Shannon Orr, Political Science