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Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement

Mission: We build connections between campus and community, with an emphasis on developing stewardship and citizenship. We work to create an ecosystem of engagement, in which opportunities and experiences are not isolated but part of a learning environment that unites the classroom and the real world.

NKU’s has earned the prestigious Carnegie Community Engagement Classification.

ENTERprise NKU: Explore Partnerships at NKU. As a one-stop point of entry, the goal of the ENTERprise NKU team is to leverage the resources and talents of our students, faculty and staff to make a positive, significant and lasting impact on our region.


Our Portfolio





Democracy Square

Our campus white board invites students to share their views on public affairs, prompted by a new question each week.

Kenton County Together

Published by the Center in 2010, this is an exploration of Kenton County's growth, its proliferation of cities, and options for new governance models.

News Sources

Free access to local, national, and international digital news sites so student an stay up-to-date on public affairs.

Northern Kentucky Forum

A partnership with Northern Kentucky's public library district to host civil, civic discussion of public affairs in our region.

Voting and Elections

Resources for registering to vote, learning about issues, and voting on Election Day.

NKU Classes



All NKU Class Programs

Newport 505

The city’s Westside is the site of ongoing classroom/community partnerships designed to benefit both students and the neighborhood.

Service Learning

Students’ apply their learning toward community projects, working with nonprofits, schools and local government.

Mayerson Student Philanthropy Project

A signature program at NKU that lets our students learn about needs in the community and invest in addressing those needs.




All Community Programs

Ed2Go: Online Personal Enrichment Courses

Ed2Go: Online Professional Development Courses

Take a noncredit, online class for personal enrichment or professional development.

History of Race

In partnership with the Thomas D. Clark Foundation (hyperlink), the Scripps Howard Center developed a resource guide to teaching Black history and culture for P-12 educators.

Norse Explore

Students in grades 4-8 can catch a glimpse of campus life from NKU student leaders, faculty and staff with a Norse Explore! visit.

Literary Symposium

An annual event with the Cincinnati Art Museum, the symposium features guest speakers on stage with NKU students and faculty.


Our annual community lecture series showcases research and creative activity by NKU’s talented faculty and students.


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Community Request


Submit Community Request

Ask to connect with an NKU class.

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Faculty Request


Submit Faculty Request

Ask for help finding community partner.

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