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Civic Engagement Week honors WSU civic leaders

Department: Center for Civic Engagement


Since 2005, the WSU Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) has been recognizing the WSU community’s commitment to making a difference during its annual Civic Engagement Week. This April 17-23, Civic Engagement Week will celebrate the tremendous impact WSU students, faculty and staff have had on their communities as well as provide even more opportunities to get involved.

“Civic Engagement Week is a celebration of all the great ways Cougs have improved their communities throughout the year,” Erin McIlraith, the CCE Marketing and Communication Coordinator, said. “The whole week is about celebrating Cougs who are active citizens. Highlighting these achievements and honoring these civic leaders inspires their peers to become more involved in the community as well.”

Throughout the week, there will be numerous ways to get involved and the CCE will host a daily information and prize table on the CUB first floor with everything you need to know about Civic Engagement Week. During the week, students can participate in CCE-led service projects as well as several special Civic Engagement Week and Earth Day projects. The whole week is dedicated to inspiring students to become active citizens that are working to make their community a better place.

“Being civically engaged can really help students after they graduate,” McIlraith said. “Often employers want to see volunteer work and involvement in the community, so community service with our office is a great way for students to build their resumes. We can also help students find community service opportunities and service internships that provide them with direct, real world experience in their field.”

On April 19, the CCE and Student Involvement will host the annual Leadership and Engagement Awards of Distinction (LEAD) event as a celebration of WSU student leaders and those who have mentored and supported efforts of these students as they work towards leadership and social change. In addition to the LEAD event, students can participate in a Public Square discussion on April 21, or take part in several prize raffles through the CCE Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. As the events are finalized, all important information and dates can be found on the CCE website at

“There’s a project out there for every major,” McIlraith said. “Students have a lot of opportunities through the CCE to get involved and build their resumes with real world experience that can immensely help their post-college job searches.”