Civic Engagement Scholars Program

The Capps Center is delighted to announce that, in conjunction with the Dean of Students and the Offices of Civic Engagement and Student Engagement and Leadership, we will launch the Civic Engagement Scholars Program (CESP) this Fall Quarter. The program is funded by a VOICE grant from the UC Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement.


CESP fosters ideals of active citizenship among students, engaging the next generation of leaders on issues that are of import to our campus and to the surrounding communities of Isla Vista, Goleta, and Santa Barbara. We create alliances with leaders and organizations in those communities to provide students with opportunities to develop their leadership and organizing skills and to affect measurable, positive change.

Interested students may enroll in a three-quarter-long course, Seminar in Civic Engagement and Deliberative Democracy (RS 188ABC), beginning this Fall. During the first quarter, students will study the theoretical framework and historical background of civic engagement in the American university. While doing so, they will engage in leadership development, learn skills for deliberative discourse, and design workshops incorporating these issues and skills. In the Winter and Spring, students will deliver their designed workshops to the campus and to the Isla Vista, Goleta, Santa Barbara communities. 

The course will be taught by Drs. Katya Armistead (AVC and Dean of Student Life), Maeve Devoy (Associate Director, Walter H. Capps Center), and Viviana Marsano (Civic and Community Engagement Isla Vista Liaison and Senior Advisor to Campus Organizations).