The SUSI Institute Program at UNL

UNL Institute on Civic Engagement

Program Overview

SUSI's academic program will offer a range of interactive and immersive activities. Outside of four week-long course modules, students will engage in service-learning opportunities and workshops with faculty, local government and community organizations. See a draft of the schedule, which included topics for class sessions and community engagement opportunities, here (pdf). 

The interdisciplinary class, Democracy, Citizenship and Civic Activism, will take place on UNL campus during the first four weeks, led by university faculty. The weekly topics are as follows:

  • American Government and History
  • American Society: Past and Present
  • Rights in America, Rights in the World
  • Digital Media and Civic Activism

The program will also include work in the field, meeting and discussing pressing issues with both public policymakers and private civic workers. Visits to the Nebraska state capitol building, Gallup Inc. and local grassroots organizations will expose students to different models of leadership for change within the community.

Regular leadership seminars by UNL’s Center for Civic Engagement will target development of leadership skills in all participants, based on the Social Change Model for Leadership Development, promoting equity, social justice, self-knowledge, personal empowerment, collaboration, citizenship and service.

A ten-day Study Tour to Washington, D.C. via Alabama will combine volunteer work with exposure to symbols of the United States civil rights movement.

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