About the Center

Introducing the Center

The Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement is one of many ways that Northern Kentucky University seeks to connect the campus and the community. Our center's central mission is public engagement. In every aspect of our programming, we seek to foster citizenship and stewardship.

The powerpoint presentation, to the right, summarizes some of the services and programs of the Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement.

The Center has conducted political debates in local races, organized voter registration drives, recruited students to be poll workers, coordinated service learning, sponsored volunteer days for NKU students, conducted community forums on current events and policy, and otherwise sought to engage campus and community in public affairs. SHCCE also connects NKU students to nonprofits, often as part of academically based engagement. Our Center's outreach does not end with NKU students. Many of our activities and events are open to the community.

This commitment to public engagement reflects an NKU value, captured in the university's mission statement, which dedicates NKU to educating students who will "be informed, contributing members of their communities - regionally, nationally and internationally; and pursue satisfying and fulfilling lives."

Below are a few more examples of how The Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement serves the community.

P-12 and Beyond

The Scripp's Howard Center for Civic Engagement's support of service learning connects classes to non-profits, schools and community groups. Service learning represents a structured effort to provide opportunities for applied learning for Northern Kentucky University students. Under our service learning model, web design classes have designed web pages for community partners, marketing classes have written marketing plans, history classes have designed museum exhibits and music classes have partnered with high schools for community concerts. In addition, the center is part of a network of Greater Cincinnati partners working to expand service learning on college campuses as well as in P-12 classes. 

 


Business, Government, & Nonprofit Organizations

As a co-founder and sponsor of the Northern Kentucky Forum, the Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement and its Forum partners, VISION 2015 and LEGACY, hope to assure a continuing public dialogue around important and public issues. The center also connects nonprofits to NKU classrooms by supporting service learning classes, which provide opportunities for applied learning for NKU students.  

Continuing and Lifelong Learning

Ready to get smarter? The Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement sponsors the Six @ Six Lecture series with three community partners- The Berhinger Crawford Museum, the Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, and the Mercantile Library of Cincinnati. With six lectures a year at 6 p.m. for $6 (free for students), this series is designed to spotlight NKU faculty and their expertise in a variety of disciplines.

President’s Honor Roll

The Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement is proud to have contributed to Northern Kentucky University’s selection to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service learning and civic engagement.

Learn more about the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and the Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement's community service and outreach programs in this powerpoint presentation.