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CEA Program: Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Associate

DUE is home to IEL which is sponsoring these types of positions across campus. This specific position is part of the Community Engagement Associates program in which students work in a specific department on campus to support campus and community engagement initiatives. You will see more information on the specific job and department below.

Overview of department:
The Office of Community Engagement supports, promotes and recognizes campus engagement with the community and strives for a more strategic approach to engagement. Key initiatives of the office include: professional development and corporate education; family, school and neighborhood engagement; information about and assessment of engagement; and government relations and civic engagement.

Project summary:
The CEA will assist in the execution of Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement events, programs and promotions developed out of the campus Political Engagement Group in collaboration with the Division of Student Affairs, the Center for Service and Learning, the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and more. The CEA will be participate in the generation of ideas of ways to engage more students in voting and the political process. He/she/they will collaborate with other students and student organizations to identify programs that resonate with students and will inspire and engage them. These can be events (in person or virtual), communications and social media campaigns, and more. The CEA will use the CLDE Theory of Change as a framework for identifying programs and initiatives that will move IUPUI along the civic-minded campus continuum.

Specific tasks that the community engagement associate will complete: 
Duties of the position typically include the following:

  1. Work with other students, student groups and organizations to identify and strategize on programs, events and communications that engage more students in voting and the political process. These students may include representatives from USG, Social Justice Scholars, Civic Engagement Assistants, Bonner Scholars, and Honors College, but also students who are less likely to be engaged in voting and the political process. (25%)
  2. Leverage community partners who can support and participate in events, programs and activities such as the League of Women Voters, Common Cause and the Marion County Clerk's office. (15%)
  3. Participate in national networks like Students Learn Students Vote and Ask Every Student to learn about what other campuses are doing and whether we can adapt programs to IUPUI. (15%)
  4. Identify resources needed, develop plans and timelines, and execute programs, initiatives and communications strategies. (40%)
  5. Actively participate in the campus Political Engagement Group. (5%)

Specific qualifications (knowledge, skills, class standing, etc) we desire the project coordinator to have:
  • Strong communications skills including excellent writing and social media experience.
  • Ability to work well with diverse populations including those of varying political perspectives.
  • Creative approach to engaging college students in activities, social media, etc.
  • Interest in civic education and engaging students in voting and the political process.
  • Graphic design skills a plus.

Learning objectives:
By the end of this position assignment, the student will meet the following learning objectives

  1. The CEA values collaborating with others, especially those individuals representing diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, religions, lifestyles, and viewpoints.
  2. The CEA demonstrates empathy, openness, inclusiveness, and sensitivity when working with diverse others.
  3. The CEA feels a sense of responsibility and commitment to use the knowledge gained in their higher education experiences to serve others.