The University of Michigan delivers a world-class education to students, preparing them with critical knowledge, skills, and opportunities to be leaders in an increasingly complex world. Catalyzing and supporting students as they build the knowledge, skills, and agency for full participation in civic life must be a fundamental part of that education.
The Ginsberg Center works with students, faculty, and staff across campus to advance knowledge, skills, and commitment to socially responsible civic engagement. Democratic engagement - including non-partisan voter engagement, civics and media literacy, and dialogue across difference - are crucial components within the full scope of our civic engagement work.
The Pathways offer students multiple, intersecting possibilities to contribute to communities to exercise their own power to create a better world. There is also a complementary faculty & staff resource.
Drawing from resources by Ginsberg Center and CRLT on high stakes discussions, ‘hot moments’ in the classroom, and civic learning, this step-by-step planning guide provides one template for planning election-related discussions in the classroom.
We offer multiple ways for students to engage in the democratic process to build their knowledge, skills, and agency for full participation in civic life.
Resources for faculty, staff and GSIs to help students draw connections between policy or legislation and course content, disciplinary questions or field-related priorities.
Learn more about how to register and vote.
Explore this curated list of learning resources to help understand the complexities of democratic systems, and critically examine important social issues.