Civically Engaged Scholars (CES)

What is CES?

Civically Engaged Scholars is a degree distinction seeking program, designed to encourage students to get involved with their local community members through a critically conscious lens. Students get the chance to learn in the classroom the importance of getting involved and then have opportunity to practice what they learned with one of our many local community partners.


Why join CES?
  • Special honors distinction on transcript
  • Blue honors graduation cord 
  • Front row placement at commencement 
  • CES recognition at commencement 
  • E-portfolio with Civic Engagement material 
  • Complete 300 hours of Engagement, see table below; 
    Requirements Conceptual Hours Community Engaged Learning
    COMMUNITY Engagement
    What it Means Learning about the Stanford 6 pathways through Canvas Course
    (50 Hours)
    Academic Classroom Learning Courses 3, 6, or 9 credit hours
    (Each 3 credit CEL course = 100 Hours)
    Community Engagement Hours 
    (50, 100, or 150 hours)
    How you can
    achieve it
    Contact the Student Civic Engagement Coordinator to enroll CEL student page Hours that count:
    -Community Engagement with Thayne Center Partner
    -Bruin Pantry
    -CES Peer Mentors
    What won't
    Community Engaged Learning Courses DO NOT COUNT CES Canvas Course DOES NOT COUNT Community Engaged Learning Courses DO NOT COUNT
  • Complete e-Portfolio
  • Attend and Present at Spring Showcase
  • Attend the Civic Leadership Conference
  • Graduate with a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA)
  • Civic Leadership Conference
    • Friday and Saturday, November 18-19, 2022
    • Registration  
  •  Spring Showcase 
    • Friday April 21st, 2023, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm 

The Six Pathways are:

  • Community Engaged Learning and Research: Connecting coursework and academic research to community-identified concerns to enrich knowledge and inform action on social issues.
  • Community Organizing and Activism: Involving, educating, and mobilizing individual or collective action to influence or persuade others.
  • Direct Service: Working to address the immediate needs of individuals or a community, often involving contact with the people or places being served.
  • Philanthropy: Donating or using private funds or charitable contributions from individuals or institutions to contribute to the public good.
  • Policy and Governance: Participating in political processes, policymaking, and public governance.
  • Social Entrepreneurship and Corporate Social Responsibility: Using ethical business or private sector approaches to create or expand market-oriented responses to social or environmental problems.

The purpose of Civically Engaged Scholars is to develop, implement, and foster civic and community engagement; nourishing mutual transformative relationships between community organizations and members with SLCC, both as a community and as an institution, will bring equity and justice into the lives of many.

The vision of Civically Engaged Scholars is to prepare students for a life of engagement with systems, institutions, and community partners; thus, assisting communities to achieve liberation and self-determination by providing foundational knowledge to approaches and tools of civic engagement. 

Contact Us

Christina Souknarong

Coordinator, Student Civic Engagement




Student Center