Center for Civic Engagement
The New England College Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) was created in 2002 by political science and history faculty who saw an opportunity to enhance NEC’s influence and outreach to students and the community. With widespread support and a generous grant from the Christian A. Johnson Fund, the CCE focuses on broadening and deepening traditional civic engagement in several areas:
Town Hall Series
The Center for Civic Engagement leverages New Hampshire’s first in the nation primary standing by organizing and hosting U.S. presidential candidates, campaign leaders, and election officials. Students, staff, faculty, community members and national media are given unique access to those deeply entrenched in the political world.
Prominent speakers from a variety of fields and areas of public interest are invited to campus to present ideas and talk with members of the community. New England College has hosted widely known individuals like media mogul Ted Turner, financial news icon Myron Kandel, and U.S. administrator Patricia Ireland to name just a few. The Center for Civic Engagement also hosts high-profile and spirited debates, such as the New Hampshire Gubernatorial and Congressional primary and general election races.
Every four years the Center for Civic Engagement hosts a student convention to coincide with the first in the nation presidential primary in our home state of New Hampshire. College , university, and high school students from across the country fill New Hampshire’s largest convention center for one week of political conventioneering – visits from presidential candidates, interviews with campaign staff, focus groups with members of the media, and close-and-personal access to leading political experts in the country.
Comprised of student volunteers embodying the spirit of Ut Prosim (“that I may serve”), CiviCorps members play an active role in organizing and supporting the Center’s civic engagement activities. Whether it be orchestrating local volunteer projects for the community, managing day-to-day activities of College Convention, or introducing presidential candidates, CiviCorps is another opportunity for hands-on, experiential learning.
In 2012, the Center launched the New England College Polling Institute which was immediately met with success through coverage on local, regional, and national news outlets like CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times, and Washington Post. In fact, by the time the final analysis was being written about the 2012 Presidential election, noted pollster and New York Times blogger, Nate Silver, described the NEC Poll as one of the most accurate state wide polls of the 2012 election cycle. For more information click here.
President’s 2014 Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
New England College was named to President Obama’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, recognizing New England College for the extraordinary and exemplary community service contributions of its students, faculty, and staff in meeting critical community needs. The Honor Roll highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement by recognizing institutions that achieve meaningful, measureable outcomes in the communities they serve.