Civic Engagement Opportunities

Civic Engagement Opportunities

For the Citizenship Edge, you will need 100 hours that may include a combination of service learning, community service, and civic engagement (a minimum of 10 hours must be civic engagement opportunities).  You will need to do three separate volunteer activities.  Civic engagement activities include:  attending political, governmental, ASNMU, non-profit, or board meetings including school board or PTO meetings; attending public hearings; or working on a political campaign or project.

Possible Citizenship Edge - Civic Engagement

The NMU Transparency Project is hosting a forum on Thursday, February 11, from 4-6 p.m. in Jamrich 1322 to share the results of a survey that gauged faculty, staff, and student opinions on the transparency of decision-making processes at NMU. Following a brief presentation of the survey data, Transparency Project leaders will answer questions from the audience and discuss next steps for the project, which includes interviews of campus leaders. For more information about the project, the committee, or timeline, visit If you have questions about the project, please email

Possible Citizenship Edge Hours - Civic Engagement

Last February, 1 billion people in 207 countries shook the earth through dance and gatherings to demand an end to violence against women and girls. A staggering 1 in 3 women and girls on the planet will be raped or beaten in their lifetime.  This adds up to more than ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS.  Each year since 2013, from February through March, thousands of Risings take place across the world - to show what ONE BILLION looks like and shine a light on the rampant impunity and injustice that survivors of violence face.  Through dance or marches, millions of citizens in hundreds of countries express rage against injustices to women and girls, and the power of global solidarity and collective action. They dance or walk to show determination to create a new kind of consciousness - one where violence will be resisted until it is unthinkable.

Join our local One Billion Rising event to strengthen the global effort in ending violence against women and girls. Community members are invited to the Women’s Center, 1310 S. Front Street, Marquette (US 41) on Saturday, February 13.  From Noon-1 p.m., we will gather in front of the building to acknowledge this social health disparity as a public issue.  The Women’s Center will be open between 11 a.m.-4 p.m. presenting information and resources.  Coffee and refreshments will be available.  Please feel free to make a poster, bring friends, and come and show your support.  The Women’s Center will be accepting financial donations and specific items: Rubbermaid bins, green trash bags (City of Marquette), paper towel, toilet paper, cleaning supplies.

Visit for more information and inspiration for your posters.  The 2016 One Billion Rising Campaign is focused on Marginalized Women.  As described by the International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences | 2008, “Marginalization comprises those processes by which individuals and groups are ignored or relegated to the sidelines of political debate, social negotiation, and economic bargaining—and kept there.”

Possible Citizenship Edge - Civic Engagement or Diversity Edge Hours - International

On Tuesday, February 16, from 9-10:30 a.m. in JXJ 2319, join George Heartwell, Mayor of Grand Rapids (former), as he discusses, "Climate Change:  Local Solutions to Global Problems."  When it comes to climate change, the local can impact the global! Former Mayor Heartwell draws on his decades of work creating a more sustainable Grand Rapids and insights gained from the Paris Climate Change Conference. He discusses the role that local communities can play in addressing climate change.

In partnership with the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan, NMU’s Political Science Department and International Programs office are hosting the 2016 Great Decisions Global Discussion Series in Marquette.  Great Decisions is a series of critical examinations of the most important foreign policy issues of the day (as determined by the Foreign Policy Association) presented by a roster of experts with world-renown in their fields. 

Each event will begin with the screening of a 30-minute video produced by the Foreign Policy Association, which will set the context for the foreign policy topic examined that week.  Following the video, participants will watch a webinar by the featured presenter.  Often, the webinars will be live and interactive.  Presenters webcast from Grand Rapids to other World Affairs Council of Western Michigan partners.  Following the webinar, there will be time for discussion with the local participants.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Kevin Timlin at (906) 227-2510.

NMU Opportunities:

  • ASNMU Meetings:  Wednesday's at 7 p.m. in the University Center (Feb. 10 and meets bi-weekly after that)
  • College Democrats Meetings*:  Wednesday's at 7 p.m. in 3103 Jamrich Hall.  On Monday, Feb. 15, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., in Pioneer A & B, the College Democrats are holding their Poli-Palooza, an informative bi-partisan event where they will present candidates from both parties to allow students an opportunity to inform themselves before the primary election on Tuesday, March 8.
  • College Republicans Meetings*:  Wednesday's at 8 p.m. in LRC 235B?
  • Marquette Ending Hunger*:  To find out more, check out their facebook page at "Marquette Ending Hunger," which is a great source for updates about meetings, volunteer opportunities, and events.  If you would like to be added to their mailing list, please send an e-mail to
  • Social Justice Committee:  Their goal is to create awareness and action in the Northern community.  This year our theme is the criminal justice system.  We create educational events, promotions, and talks centered on how the criminal justice system interacts with issues of social justice.
    *Attend a meeting to find out about civic engagement opportunities.  The meeting itself will not count towards civic engagement.

City of Marquette Opportunities:

  • Marquette City Commission:  second and last Monday of each month, 7 p.m., Commission Chambers of City Hall (300 W. Baraga Ave., Marquette)
  • Visit to see list of advisory boards, committees, and authorities, and find out their meeting times
  • Marquette Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Vacancy - There is currently a vacancy on the Marquette Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. The position is open to any citizen of the City of Marquette over the age of 18 years.

    The Advisory Board is the Citizens oversight committee for all elements of the Parks and Recreation Department of the City of Marquette, including Lakeview Arena. The Board meets monthly on the third Monday of each month at 6 p.m. in the Citizens Forum at Lakeview Arena.

    Applications are available at the City Clerk's office at City Hall or the Parks and Recreation office in the lobby of Lakeview Arena.

City of Ishpeming Opportunities:

  • Ishpeming City Council:  Wednesdays at 7 p.m. in the Ishpeming Senior Citizens Center, 320 S. Pine St.:  March 9, April 13, May 4, June 8, July 6, Aug. 3, Sept. 7, Oct. 5, Nov. 9, and Dec. 7

Election Opportunities:

  • Marquette County Democratic Party, 1021 W. Washington St., 906-226-3366 - The Marquette County Democratic Party is seeking students to join a grassroots organization of interns and volunteers. Hours are entirely flexible and there is no minimum commitment per week required. We work every day from 10 a.m.-9 p.m., including weekends. Much of the work can be done on campus or in the area just around campus. Leadership opportunities are also available.  For more information, please contact Meredith Rahn-Oakes at 718-702-7120.
  • Marquette County Republican Party, 1200 Wright St. (corner of Lincoln and Wright Street). Contact Curtis Salamino at 517-574-2611 for opportunities.

Community Opportunities:

  • Marquette Area Public Schools:  Are held on Monday's (Feb. 22; March 21; April 18; May 9 & 23; and June 12 & 27) throughout the year at 5:30 p.m. in the Marquette Senior High School Library.
  • Room at the Inn:  second Thursday of the month, 7 p.m., Diocese of Marquette/Catholic Charities of the U.P. (347 Rock St., Marquette)
  • The Superiorland Soccer Association (SSA) Board of Directors is currently looking to fill a vacancy for Vice President. If you or someone you know is interested, please feel free to join us for our next meeting, held the 2nd Monday of each month, at 6:30 p.m. at the Days Inn of Marquette. This is a great way to give back to your community!

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