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Active Citizenship in a Democratic Society: New Civic Scholars Program Reaches Beyond Baylor
Barbara Kennedy

“Does Civic Engagement Make a Difference?” In an article in the Peabody Journal of Education, University of Notre Dame professor Dr. David Campbell analyzed what social scientists have learned about civics instruction in U.S. secondary schools. His conclusion: Handled well, civic education can have a positive effect on young people’s “active citizenship in a democratic society.”

Baylor’s new Civic Scholars Program helps students reach beyond themselves and beyond Baylor in seeking opportunities to make a difference in the civic life of their broader communities now and in the future. Components of the program include curriculum, extra-curricular activities, civic leadership experiences, a digital portfolio, and a capstone project focused on meaningful civic engagement.

The first four students to graduate with the distinction of Civic Scholars are profiled in the following stories, and the program is growing to include many more students in the coming years. They will join other alumni working to make a difference in their communities, including Steaven Jones ’50, who is the epitome of an engaged and active community citizen and a shining example of Baylor’s mission to foster in students the desire and ability to make a positive difference in the world.

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