Civic Engagement

SCC understands that having ENGAGED CITIZENS and educating students for a civic life within a global world strengthens our learners, our community and our world. To help prepare our students to be lifelong active citizens, we provide activities and resources that enhance an understanding of a civic life.

Practices of civic engagement can be seen in the Council of Student Leaders, community engagement events such as Empty Bowls, SCC Votes!, programs provided by SCC’s Service-learning & Leadership, and other events and projects found across campus which link civic engagement with learning.

As a member of The Democracy Commitment, a national initiative that encourages community colleges across the country to engage students in civic learning and democratic practices, and the All In Campus Democracy Challenge, SCC is recognized for its commitment to improving democratic engagement, increasing student voter participation rates, and graduating students with a lifelong commitment to being informed and active citizens.

We invite you to explore the programs and resources we offer to students, faculty, and community partners listed below.

Chancellor’s Civic Leadership Medallion

SCC coordinates with Maricopa Community Colleges' Center for Civic Participation (CCP) which seeks to enrich public life and public discourse on our Maricopa Community College campuses and in our communities. To highlight and promote student accomplishments related to effective civic participation and leadership, the Chancellor’s Civic Leadership Medallion is an annual award granted to students who have completed qualifying civic leadership activities. All part-time and full-time students are eligible. Get civically engaged and earn a distinguished award!

Democracy Wall

Check out our Democracy Wall in front of the Center for Civic & Global Engagement in the Student Center Cafeteria. Questions and prompts are posted on a weekly basis, inviting you to respond by writing your thoughts and opinions on the whiteboard. Pick up a marker and Get Engaged!

SCC Votes!

Voter Registration and Resources


The Student Public Policy Forum (SPPF) is an academic program that provides an overview of local, state and national public policy-making. A focus is placed on experiential learning and leadership development through engagement in the public policy process. Students will have an opportunity to meet with a variety of elected officials and those working in the public policy arena. Students from all backgrounds, majors and political experiences are encouraged to participate. The SPPF Spring Academy culminates in travel to Washington, D.C. For more information, visit Maricopa’s Center for Civic Participation SPPF information, download the flyer, or contact SCC Center for Civic & Global Engagement Director Therese Tendick at (480) 423-6722.