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Civic Engagement Initiatives

April is Earth Month!

The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22nd, 1970. It was a monumental day, with over 20 million Americans pouring into the streets to demand environmental justice, becoming one of the largest single day protest in human history. Over half a century later, climate change is a bigger issue than ever, with growing numbers of Americans demanding change.

CSUSM will be hosting a variety of events to raise your awareness and provide opportunities to take action for environmental change.  Sustainability at CSUSM has a great list of upcoming Earth Month events.

The Department of Civic Engagement  will be hosting an Earth Month Action Party on Tuesday, April 20 to take online collective action to advocate for environmental change. Join us!

Earth Month Action Party


Participate in Civic Dialogue - Earn $75

Shaping Our Future Dialogue

California State University, San Marcos is partnering with Stanford University and the Berggruen Institute on May 1- 2, 2021, nationwide event for young people called Shaping Our Future. This will be the largest deliberative event ever carried out among young people in the United States, and we want you to be part of it. 


We can only send about 20 students from each institution. We hope you will consider participating in this event, which will draw together more than 1,500 young people from across the country. If you are interested, please complete the online interest form by April 23.



 students volunteering

Get Involved - Days of Service

Make a difference in your community! Participate in the César Chávez Day of Service or Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service - these volunteer opportunities are open to students.

About Days of Service 



Spring 2021 Civic Engagement Events


Resources for Talking About Democracy

At CSUSM, we are committed to developing student knowledge and skills to engage in a healthy democracy through opportunities for civic dialogue and direct engagement with local issues, both on and off-campus. 

Discussion Resources

Illustrated people talking to each other

Civic Action Plan

On March 1, 2016, President Karen S. Haynes signed the Campus Compact 30th Anniversary Action Statement of Presidents and Chancellors.
Signing the statement signifies CSUSM's recommitment to the values of civic engagement and action in service to the public good.

Review the Civic Action Plan