The PACE office is located in Fulton Hall 258. Salisbury University is committed to undergraduate involvement that enhances the conduct of public affairs. Under the aegis of the Fulton School of Liberal Arts, PACE was conceived for the University to provide learning opportunities for its students and outreach to assist the communities of Delmarva.
Renewal in civic engagement has reemerged into the nation's consciousness. Public universities have been challenged to rededicate themselves to civic service by stimulating community and government involvement among their students.
PACE Mission Statement (2/12/2018)
As a non-partisan institute at Salisbury University, PACE cultivates a more informed, democratic citizenry that promotes good governance on campus, local, state, and federal levels.
PACE serves the Salisbury University and its broader communities through curricular and extracurricular programming that:
Supports community engagement and citizenship education
Promotes civic dialogue
Fosters an expanded understanding of issues related to the public good
PACE offers support for Salisbury University and its broader communities through:
Contact and connections between university and community stakeholders
Public affairs lectures and training
Support for designing and delivering civic engagement curriculum
Support for civic engagement and public affairs research and evaluation
Public Affairs [+]
By the term 'public affairs' we mean issues and ideas in the realm of community concern or interest. Democratic societies handle lawmaking and enforcement, public safety, national security and the distribution of a range of services through an elected government, which is accountable to the citizens of a community, whether local or national. Understanding the interplay among public and private, individual interest and community good is essential to effective engagement in the realm of public affairs.
Civic Engagement [+]
Civic Engagement” is a broad term that encompasses the wide range of activities by which citizens work together to improve the quality of life in their communities, whether locally, nationally or even internationally. Its core meaning expresses the idea that democratic citizenship is embodied whenever people come together to define the public good, determine the processes by which they will seek this good, or reform policies and institutions that do not serve this good.
Civic Engagement Education [+]
Civic Engagement Education “explicitly teaches the knowledge, skills and values believed necessary for democratic citizenship” (Kahne & Middaugh, 2010, p. 141). This approach inspires, informs and shapes learning activities to impact public affairs. Those activities also deepen our understanding of how social, political and economic systems work and how individuals can work effectively within those systems as they develop sustained habits of active democratic citizenship. Civic engagement education is a key value of Salisbury University and should be considered a key value of every university.
Build knowledge for students AND provides outcomes for partners
Involves dissemination/sharing of results (including sharing with partner organizations)
Include a substantial component of course time
Kahne, J. & Middaugh, E. (2010). High quality civic education: What is it and who gets it? In W. Parker (Ed.), Social studies today: Research & practice (pp. 141-150). New York: Routledge.
How This Partnership Works [+]
PACE is a resource center where local government, non-profit and public groups can access knowledge and information. PACE draws on the interdisciplinary expertise of the SU faculty, student, staff, and community partners. As a nonpartisan contributor, the Institute organizes projects and programs that are customized to fit the particular needs of the Eastern Shore community.