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John M. Flaxman Library SAIC School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Post-Election Information

Civic Engagement + Activism


Civic engagement is defined as “contributing to public life and participating in solving public problems” (Center for Democracy and Citizenship), as well as “working to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and…promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes” (New York Times).

For Chicago-specific resources see Chicago Civic Engagement in this guide.

Civic Engagement Resources


"The policy of active participation or engagement in a particular sphere of activity; spec. the use of vigorous campaigning to bring about political or social change." (Oxford English Dictionary)

For movement-specific resources see:

  • Disability Activism
  • Environmental Activism
  • Immigrant Rights Activism
  • Intersectional Feminism
  • LGBTQ+ Activism
  • Indigenous Peoples Activism
  • Racial Justice Activism

General Activism Resources