Saint Mary’s Recognized for Advancing Civic Learning and Democracy Engagement

Saint Mary’s has been recognized for working to advance civic learning and democracy engagement by the Civic Learning and Democracy Engagement (CLDE) coalition. The College was named to a list of institutions recognized for having students participate in different kinds of civic inquiry or learning, or where the program’s design revealed particular benefits for students who have historically been underserved in higher education. 

“It's great to see the College featured for its Community Engagement work,” said Dean of the School of Liberal Arts Sheila Hughes. “I'm also especially delighted to see our Justice, Community, and Leadership (JCL) program and the work of those who led and launched the program's redevelopment from Liberal and Civic Studies, Professor Monica Fitzgerald and Associate Dean Shawny Anderson, recognized in this way.”

Leadership in forming the CLDE came from the Association of American Colleges and Universities, Complete College America, the State Higher Education Executive Officers, and College Promise. 

“Our focus is on making civic learning equity-committed, both in who participates and in the effort to involve all students directly in working on one or more of democracy’s many urgent challenges,” said College Promise CEO and former U.S. Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter.

Read more about the School of Liberal Arts here.