The Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning

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Helping students draw connections between policy or legislation and course content, disciplinary questions or field-related priorities is critical for educating students about the role we all play in shaping the communities we live in, not only while at University of Michigan but also in the future.  While it can be challenging to know where, or even if, to begin making these connections more explicit in your courses, we can support your efforts. Below, we have shared an initial compilation of resources. Over the coming months, we will work with our campus and national civic partners to continue to develop additional content, activities, and ideas for supporting students’ full engagement in civic life. 

Contact us at if you have any questions about how we can work with you to prepare your students for civic and community engagement. 

What is allowable as a state employee? 

  • Inform students of the upcoming election
  • Share resources for voter registration
  • Make students aware of which positions and initiatives will be on the ballot, without endorsing a particular candidate or position
  • Encourage international students to research candidates and ballot measures, and to talk with their peers who are eligible
  • Review University guidelines

    Connect course content to policy issues

    Incoporate civic learning activities into your courses 

    Encourage and support discussion and dialogue

    Being able to support all students to engage fully in discussions can be challenging, but is a critical responsiblity of a civically engaged campus. U-M's CRLT offers multiple resources for supporting all your students during and after election season. 

    Partner with others to support civic engagement

    You can work with colleagues and others to engage more deeply in civic issues:  

    Further readings & resources​