Vasconcellos Institute for Democracy in Action


Student Organizing and Civic Engagement Work

EmpoweredStudentsTransformingCollegesParticipatory Politics: Next-Generation Tactics to Remake Public Spheres. Cynthia Kaufman.2016

Overcoming Faculty Fears About Civic Work: Reclaiming Higher Education's Civic Purpose. Cynthia Kaufman. 2016

Balancing Activism and Academics. Cynthia Kaufman. 2013

Civic Capacity for Equity Social Justice Cynthia Kaufman 2014

A Promising Connection: Increasing College Access and Success Through Civic Engagement

Boyte, H. (2004) Everyday Politics: Reconnecting Citizens and Public Life, Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania Press.

Campus Compact. (n.d.) Indicators of Engagement Project. Retrieved November 11, 2005, from

Colby, A., Ehrlich, T., Beaumont, E., Stephens, J. (2003) Educating Citizens: Preparing America's Undergraduates for Lives of Moral and Civic Responsibility, San Francisco, Jossey-Bass.

Gottlieb, K. and Robinson, G. (2002), A Practical Guide for Integrating Civic Responsibility into the Curriculum. Washington (DC): Community College Press.

McTighe M. C. (2005). The civic work of diversity. Diversity Digest 9 (1), 1-12. Washington DC: Association of American Colleges & Universities.

O'Grady, C. (editor) (2000), Integrating Service Learning and Multicultural Education in Colleges and Universities, Mahwah, New Jersey, Lawrence, Erlbaum Associates, Publishers.

Service-Learning Course Design Workbook. Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning Summer 2001

Nonprofit Career Pathway Higher Education Program



Financial Resources

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Building: East Cottage

Director: Cynthia Kaufman
Phone: 408.864.8739

Program Coordinator: Angelica Esquivel
Phone: 408.864.8993

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Last Updated: 5/23/17