The Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning

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.

We provide resources to empower students and support faculty and staff so they can effectively engage in the democratic process.

Go Vote and Go Blue!

Pathways to Civic Engagement & Community Change

The Pathways offer students multiple, intersecting possibilities by which they can engage in and contribute to communities to further U-M’s mission and exercise their own power to create a better world. There is also a complementary faculty & staff resource that offers strategies to support these pathways.






Guidance for Student Voting: Quarantine and Isolation

The University is committed to supporting your right to vote. This document provides guidance on the appropriate steps to take for students who are in Quarantine and Isolation - on and off campus -  leading up to Election Day 2020. 

Students are encouraged to vote absentee given public health guidance. The University will not be providing transportation to and from polling locations on Election Day, and will instead support student voting by providing access to the relevant forms and outlining the frequently asked questions and processes listed below.


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Census 2020 - BE COUNTED

April 1 was Census Day, but you can be counted through October 15.
Your participation still matters!

Read up on the Census, and be counted! 

Tools for supporting civic engagement

Resources for faculty, staff and GSIs to help students draw connections between policy or legislation and course content, disciplinary questions or field-related priorities.

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Voter Information

Learn more about how to register and vote. These resources have been updated to reflect the Stay in Place order of October 20. 

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