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With each of its programs, the Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement works to connect the campus and community. Our goal is to foster stewardship and citizenship. 


  • Student writing on Democracy Square marker board.

    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: A Call to Action

    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.

  • Two students looking at computer screen together in a computer lab.

    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 logo

    Northern Kentucky Forum

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

  • Voting buttons

    Ready. Set. Vote.

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

NKU Classes

  • Project Hope partner helping out in classroom.

    Newport 505

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

  • Service Learning at Newport History Museum

    Service Learning

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

  • Mayerson volunteers working outdoors at St. Vincent DePaul

    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.


  • Some of the 33 persons on a hunger strike in the state Capitol pass the time listening to their radio in Frankfort, Kentucky, March 20, 1964

    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.

  • Scripps Symposium

    Literary Symposium

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

  • Six@Six lecture in Griffin Hall


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