Civic Engagement

​​Jacksonville University is committed to integrating and supporting civic engagement throughout the university.

What is Civic Engagement?

​Civic engagement means working to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make that difference. It means promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes.

— Civic Responsibility and Higher Education, Thomas Ehrlich

​At Jacksonville University, we believe in the importance of civic engagement in all forms, including individual voluntarism, organizational involvement. and electoral participation.​

Public Policy Institute

Public policy that impacts the lives of our community and nation is an integral element of civic engagement. The Jacksonville University Public Policy Institute was founded to enhance and coordinate our University’s public policy outreach while providing a unique Master in Public Policy (MPP) Program. This prestigious Institute seeks to shape the future through preparing a new generation of leaders, public policy expertise, and providing a neutral gathering place for public policy discussion, education, and debate. PPI has hosted multiple events that increase public discourse to include the Jacksonville Mayoral and Sheriff’s debates; Hesburgh Lecture Series; World Affairs Council events; State of Florida. Governor's Commission on Healthcare and Hospital Funding; and other events.​​