Civic engagement in the community is the active, ongoing process by which citizens use their knowledge, skills, and values to act as agents of change in their community. Civic engagement can also be viewed as individual and collective actions designed to identify and address persistent community issues for the public good. Civic engagement in the community is relevant to diversity because it can include efforts to address education disparities, poverty, immigration, inequality, and economic, political, and social justice. This entry provides a historical overview of civic engagement in the community and the forms that have prominence in the United States.

Historical Context

In Democracy in America, Alexis de Tocqueville observed that more than any other country in the world, the United States of America had effectively applied ...

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