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

Post-Election Information

Civic Engagement + Activism

WHAT IS CIVIC ENGAGEMENT?

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

WHAT IS ACTIVISM?

"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