A local woman teaches a GT student how to make corn tortillas during an Alternative Service Trip abroad.
A groups of GT volunteer students with a Trees Atlanta leader in a park.
A teacher mentors a GT Jumpstart student volunteer.

Civic Engagement at Georgia Tech manifests in many forms across the Institute. Broadly defined, civic engagement encompasses the ways in which students, faculty and staff promote positive social change. Opportunities to engage with community partners exist in co-curricular settings, academic based community service courses, and departmental sponsored outreach programs. 

As a department of the Division of Student Engagement and Well-being, Civic Engagement applies a student-centered approach for students to develop and clarify identity, to understand others, and to promote social change. Whether you are a student, faculty/staff, or community partner, Civic Engagement is ready to support your engagement with community service at Georgia Tech.

The Office of Civic Engagement approaches the work of service, volunteering and social change with consistent values and philosophy.  

Social Change Model of Leadership Development

Explores the relationship between individual, group, and societal values, and the overall relationship these have to positive social change. This approach is also known as the 7 C's:

  • Consciousness of Self
  • Congruence
  • Commitment
  • Collaboration
  • Common Purpose
  • Controversy with Civility
  • Citizenship


Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) offers perspective on sustainable support and development of communities. It is a strength-based approach, which builds on what resources a community has access to before utilizing outside resources. 

Some resources include individual people, traditions, companies and organizations, and context.

ABCD is relationship and community centered, and relies on communities to be the experts of their own needs. 

Mutually Beneficial Work

We are not "fixers", but rather supporters who are also interested in learning, growing, and connecting through the process of community engagement.