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 or Diversity Edge Hours

On Wednesday, March 21, at 7 p.m. in Jamrich 1320, Dr. Lily Ballofett will speak on "US Policy, Global Migration, and the American Dream."  The movement of human beings across - and even within - US borders has become a focal point in the last year, and has been subject to continuous press coverage. In the midst of this media blitz, and relentless social media campaigns, it can be difficult to decipher the meanings and historical contexts of actions such as President Donald Trump’s Executive Orders regarding refugees and migrants, increased ICE raids on migrant communities, and the limbo that DACA students now face. Dr. Balloffet’s talk will contextualize the history of immigration policy over the past century to help understand our past and present. 

Possible Citizenship Edge Hours - Civic Engagement

As a member of the World Affairs Council, NMU and the Department of Political Science and Public Administration are sponsoring the "Great Decisions Global Discussion Lecture Series."  Lectures will be streamed from various locations, live via the internet.  Members of the audience will be able to text questions to the lecturers.  "Global Health:  Equity, Ethics, and Eradication," with Former Ambassador Mary Ann Peters and CEO of The Carter Center, will be held on Monday, March 26, from Noon-1:40 p.m. in 111-C Learning Resource Center. 

Possible Citizenship Edge Hours - Civic Engagement

The Great Gun Control Debate:  John Lott vs. Joel Rubin will take place on Wednesday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m., in Jamrich 1100.  It is free for students with an NMU ID; $2 - General Public.  ​​​​​​John R. Lott, Jr. is considered one of the leading advocates of the pro-gun movement.  With a Ph.D. in economics from UCLA.  Lott is cited for over 100 scholarly articles and is a columnist for Fox News.  Joel Rubin has his M.S. in public policy form Carnegie Mellon.  Rubin is the former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and is an expert on foreign policy and national security.  This event is sponsored by Platform Personalities and the Student Activity Fee.  For more information, call 906-227-6543.

Possible Citizenship Edge Hours - Civic Engagement

Senator Tom Casperson will be coming to NMU on Monday, April 2, at 7 p.m. in Jamrich 1320 to discuss his experiences in the Michigan Legislature.  He will also discuss Michigan's economy, UP issues, and current legislation.  This event is free for everyone and is sponsored by Platform Personalities and the Student Activity Fee.  For more information, call 906-227-6543.

Possible Citizenship Edge Hours - Civic Engagement

The League of Women Voters has started again in Marquette.  We are nonpartisan, and our mission is to educate voters about candidates and the issues on all side of political debates.  In addition we do voter registration work.  Please contact Mary Pelton Cooper at for more information.  

NMU Opportunities:

  • ASNMU Meetings:  Mondays at 6:30 p.m. in the University Center (please check the display boards when entering the building to find the location)
  • College Democrats Meetings*:  Tuesdays at 7 p.m. in 2315 Jamrich Hall.  You can also check out their Facebook page at "NMU College Democrats" or e-mail  
  • College Republicans Meetings*:  Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. in 235B LRC.  You can also check out their Facebook page at "NMU College Republicans" or
  • Marquette Ending Hunger*:  Sundays at 7 p.m. in the Gant/Spalding Lobby.  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.  Check for meeting/community/event updates on their Facebook page at "NMU Social Justice Committee."

*Attend a meeting to find out about civic engagement opportunities.  The meeting itself will not count towards civic engagement, but any events will count towards civic engagement.

City of Marquette Opportunities:

  • Marquette City Commission:  second and last Monday of each month (March 26) at 7 p.m. in the 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

City of Ishpeming Opportunity:

  • Ishpeming City Council:  Wednesdays (April 4, May 9, June 6, July 11, Aug. 8, Sept. 5, Oct. 3, Nov. 7, & Dec. 5) at 7 p.m. in the Ishpeming City Hall's Upstairs Conference Room.   

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:

  • Gwinn Community Schools:  Are held on the third Monday (March 19, April 16, May 21, & June 18) at 6:30 p.m. in the Gwinn High School Library
  • Ishpeming Public Schools:  Are held on the third Monday (March 19, April 16, May 21, June 18, July 16, Aug, 20, Sept. 17, Oct. 15, Nov. 19, & Dec. 17) of each month at 7 p.m. in the Ishpeming High School Library
  • Marquette Area Public Schools:  Are held on the second Monday (April 9, May 14, & June 11) of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the Marquette Senior High School Library
  • Marquette Area Public Schools Parent Teacher Student Organization:  Are held on Wednesdays (April 18 and May 16) at 6 p.m. in the MSHS SRC/Library
  • Negaunee Public Schools:  Are held on the third Monday (March 19, April 23, May 21, June 25, July 16, Aug. 20, Sept. 17, Oct. 15, Nov. 19, & Dec. 17) at 7 p.m. in the Negaunee High School Library
  • NICE Community Schools:  Are held on Monday's (March 19, April 23, May 21, June 18, July 16, Aug. 20, Sept. 17, Oct. 15, Nov. 26, & Dec. 17) at 6:30 p.m. in the Westwood High School Media Center.
  • Room at the Inn:  Are held on the second Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. in the Diocese of Marquette/Catholic Charities of the U.P. office, 347 Rock St., Marquette.

Court Cases:

  • Circuit Court Bailiff:  Call 906-225-8209 to find out about the circuit judges' schedules
  • District Court:  Call 906-225-8235 to find out about their schedule
  • Probate Court:  Call 906-225-8300 to fin out about their schedule

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