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Civic Engagement & Social Action

Creating social change takes action. Putting into action the new skills, attitudes and experiences you have gained abroad can take the form of developing an organization, seeking to deepen one's civic engagement or simply getting involved with already existing community service groups in the community.

Resources

Smith Community Service Office: Supports student engagement in meaningful community service work and leadership training that enhances educational experience, meets community identified needs, provides opportunities for reflection and models the development of effective collaborative community partnerships with local nonprofit organizations.

Americans for an Informed Democracy: A nonpartisan organization that brings the world home to the next generation of leaders through educational seminars and conferences, leadership summits, town hall meetings, opinion pieces and global videoconferences.

Corporation for National & Community Service

Campus Compact: a national coalition of more than 1,100 college and university presidents representing some six million students dedicated to promoting community service, civic engagement and service-learning in higher education.

ENGAGE: Connects returned study abroad students with opportunity to participate in national campaigns and connect with study abroad programs to intern directly.

Global Engagement Summit: Builds the capacity of the next generation of global change leaders to cross borders and partner with new communities to produce responsible, innovative, sustainable solutions to shared global problems.

Idealist.org: a project of Action Without Borders, a nonprofit organization founded in 1995 with offices in the United States and Argentina. Idealist is an interactive site where people and organizations can exchange resources and ideas, locate opportunities and supporters and take steps toward building a world where all people can lead free and dignified lives.