Reimagining Civic Learning Outcomes

N3EC contributors are rethinking the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education’s 2014 Policy on Civic Learning and developing new outcomes to ensure that future visions of civic learning are articulated collectively by a diverse group of faculty, staff, students, and community partners committed to racial equity and justice.

Civic Learning Outcomes Reimagined Through a Lens of Racial Equity

Participants: Zoi Burns (University of Massachusetts Dartmouth), Gene Corbin (University of Massachusetts Boston), William Cortezia (Fitchburg State University), Aldo Garcia Guevara (Worcester State University), Raúl D. Gutiérrez (Holoyoke Community College), Cynthia Lynch (Salem State University), Mary Jo Marion (Worcester State University), Shelley Nicholson (Mount Wachusett Community College), John Reiff (Massachusetts Department of Higher Education), Miah Reyes (Salem State University), Matthew Roy (University of Massachusetts Dartmouth), Christina Santana (Worcester State University), and Amanda Wittman (Worcester State University).

The Massachusetts Department of Higher Education’s 2014 Policy on Civic Learning was based on a vision of civic learning articulated by predominantly white professionals thinking about predominantly white students. This project aims to rethink civic learning outcomes — and the work of faculty and staff to guide students to those outcomes — using a lens of racial equity and justice. A diverse cross-campus team of faculty, staff, and students, drawing on recent literature connecting civic learning and racial equity and interviews and focus groups with students, faculty, staff, and community partners, is articulating a new vision of civic learning outcomes. This vision informs the 2023 Symposium on Community Engagement and will be the basis of five two-day summer institutes in 2023 with faculty and staff from Massachusetts public colleges and universities.



Higher Education Innovation Fund, Massachusetts Department of Higher Education 

Working Draft

Civic Engagement Through a Lens of Racial Equity: A Learning Outcomes Framework