The San Diego Community College District encourages vibrant civic engagement.
Civic engagement encompasses a variety of activities that are aimed at addressing issues of public concern. Participation in civic duties can appear in a number of ways including volunteering, contacting local officials, and engaging in leadership roles within the community. Civic engagement that is respectful enriches the experiences of student life and the San Diego Community College District. With this understanding, we believe that the free exchange of ideas is the best way to learn from and inform each other. As an institution of higher learning, the San Diego Community College District must protect the ability to participate in the exchange of ideas, even those that are controversial and distressing.
SDCCD community members are encouraged to voice their concerns, ideas, and opinions through participation in civic engagement.
Student Engagement Programs
Exercise your right to vote, learn about the history and future of voting rights, and hold your representatives accountable! Get started with these simple resources:
- Register to Vote
- Review Nonpartisan Election Guide
- Learn About Voting Rights
- Contact Your Representatives
Democracy on Campus
Encourage your fellow students and faculty to get out the vote with these helpful assets:
- JoinRock the Vote's effort to engage young voters.
- Utilize Campus Vote Project’s resources to stimulate democratic activity on campus.
- Partner with Campus Takeover's nation-wide effort to mobilize students around elections during the major Civic Holidays.
- Search the Students Learn Students Vote (SLSV) Resources Library for strategies on boosting civic participation.
- Strategize with campus leaders to implement voter registration events with the Ask Every Student Toolkit.
- Visit Mesa College's "Your Voice, Your Vote" for curated info and reading suggestions.
Free Speech Policies and Guidelines
Free Speech Policies & Guidelines are available for all campuses:
The following are SDCCD Board Policies (BP) and Administrative Procedures (AP) relating to free speech:
- Board Policy 5500 - Student Rights, Responsibilities, Campus Safety and Administrative Due Process
- Board Policy 3410 - Nondiscrimination
- Board Policy 3430 - Prohibition of Harassment
- Board Policy 3900 - Posting and Distribution of Literature, Political Activities, Free Speech and Freedom of Expression on Campus and District Sites
- Administrative Procedure 3434 - Responding to Harassment Based on Sex Under Title IX
Also see, Disability Rights, Responsibilities, and Academic Accommodations
There are many avenues for students to get involved and be of service to the San Diego community. The best way to begin is by aligning your interests and passions to a local project that is already in motion. Follow the links below for ideas: