• Service Saturday

    Once a month, 10-12 students commit to work on a service project with a local nonprofit organization for Service Saturday.

  • MLK Day For Kids

    The Center for Civic Engagement hosts events during the year to support, inform, and honor service leaders in the community.

  • Orientation Service Walk

    All incoming students participate in a 5K walk through Davidson to learn about the Town's history, community partnerships, and each other.


Civic Engagement

Davidson creates student scholars as well as active, educated citizens that are involved in the community. The college offers many fellowships, internships, grants, trips and service opportunities to connect students with local and global communities in meaningful ways. Through the Center for Civic Engagement, students, faculty, and community members gain access to resources, programs and events promoting service learning and positive, community-driven change.

Service Leadership

Many opportunities exist both on and off campus for you to take on a leadership position in support of social change, and to collaborate with other leaders to share resources and information. You may be able to fulfill your work-study commitment by service with a local nonprofit organization. You can also join the Civic Engagement Council, which supports campus groups working for civic engagement or you can coordinate one of those campus groups!

Resources for Faculty

The center provides resources to faculty members who wish to integrate community-based learning into their curriculum, as well as those who wish to make connections with their service work outside the scope of an academic course. The center also provides information about professional conferences and publishing opportunities, civic engagement, social responsibilities, or experiential pedagogies.

Bonner Scholars Program

The four-year Bonner Scholars Program is a commitment by a strong team of students working to bring about positive community change through service, research and action.

Fellowships and Internships

The center offers a variety of summer opportunities both on and off-campus. In addition, staff can connect you with external opportunities to work with our local, national and international community partners. Opportunities for graduating seniors are also available.

Grants and Funding Opportunities

In addition to local service opportunities, the center provides grants to support service and social action throughout the United States and abroad allowing students to learn about social issues and different cultures. Funding is available year-round.

Summer Programs

If you are an incoming first year student, check out the Service Odyssey program! The center offers programs that provide interns for nonprofit partners, real world experience for students and a Freedom Schools Program for youth in the community. Learn about all our summer programs.

Annual Events

The center facilitates frequent programs to introduce students to various types of civic engagement. These include monthly half-day service opportunities and chances to explore social innovation.

Contact the Center

Please contact any of our staff members with questions or for more information about the center's programs, resources and partnerships. You can also review our annual publications for more information.