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Civic Engagement Symposium

Civic Engagement Symposium

Save the Date: Thursday, April 24, 2025, 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. 

The Center for Civic Learning & Action (CCLA) is devoted to developing ethical leaders who collaborate in the pursuit of just and resilient communities. We are seeking proposals for projects advancing community-identified needs and furthering community-minded civic engagement. The Civic Engagement Symposium will feature student posters of these community-driven projects where students can present their work to the campus. 

Call for Proposals 


Content. Project proposals must focus on community-identified needs or community engagement related work developed by a student or group of students. Projects can arise from service-learning courses, independent studies focusing on community engagement research, student organization work, and individual ideas of meaningful civic engagement. 
Your presentation should connect to at least one of the Center for Civic Learning & Action’s Core Values: 

  • RESPECT: We seek to develop and maintain mutual and equitable relationships with all stakeholders.
  • SHARED GOALS: We commit to the identification and pursuit of shared goals with our partners. 
  • LEARNING: We believe that civic engagement should be informed by the critical thinking, creativity, and communication skills associated with a liberal arts education. 
  • RESTORATIVE PRACTICE: We strive to recognize and confront current and historical inequities in our communities. 

Your target audience for the poster is any member of the community. Posters should be accessible to those who have little to no experience with community engagement work. If you are including complicated terms and/or concepts, make sure to explain them sufficiently.  

Details. Each proposal must include a title, presenter name(s), a project abstract, and physical set-up needs. Detailed instructions can be found on the proposal application form. Proposals can be submitted through this application.  

Timeline. Poster proposals will be accepted and reviewed in both fall and spring semesters. Submissions require a brief abstract at the time of submission. Participants are responsible for getting their posters printed (Academic Departments will often print your poster if it is associated with a class) – CCLA is able to financially support select accepted posters, you can request this in the application above. Details will be provided with decision letters. 

  • Fall Semester Abstract Deadline: December 13, 2024
  • Spring Semester Abstract Deadline: April 4, 2025

Printing Guidelines. Final posters must be submitted via email to by Tuesday, April 8th. Please note that you must cite your sources for any data listed on the poster. We will send a reminder email once you are accepted with poster guidelines and submission details. Posters should be a 24-1/2” x 36-1/2” with a 1" margin around the outside; poster titles should be legible from 20 feet. Other content should be clearly legible from 4-6 feet. Use this downloadable PowerPoint slide template to ensure you have the correctly sized single-sided poster; final submissions must be in PDF format.  

We recommend the following resources to assist in designing your poster:  

If you have any questions or comments, contact Meta Bowman, Program Coordiantor at CCLA, at or