Civic Engagement and Social Justice

Welcome to the home of civic engagement, volunteering, and social justice education at the University of Puget Sound. We are housed in the Center for Intercultural and Civic Engagement (CICE) and serve as the primary connection between the campus community and the city of Tacoma for community service, social justice, and service learning activities. Here, students are urged to draw connections between their curricular studies, co-curricular involvement, volunteering, and off-campus communities. CICE and its programs nurture these connections by offering students many opportunities to become active citizens in our community while completing their degree at the University of Puget Sound.

Visit our events and activities calender to discover upcoming civic engagement opportunities or contact


Did you know?

  • The majority of the Puget Sound population is involved in some type of service activity during the year.

  • CICE works to connect students with many community partner agencies and non-profits, seeking to help students contribute to Tacoma, while providing them unique opportunities to learn from all Tacoma has to offer. 

  • Many of our students become involved in areas that are related to their academic interests, while others decide to explore a newly discovered passion or concern, or even an area of personal significance.

  • CICE offers students access, either as a group or as an individual, to area agencies and families who welcome their time, talent, and ideas.

  • Examples of areas that have developed a strong history of support with Puget Sound students include  K-12 education, adult literacy and ESL tutoring, advancing the abilities of developmentally disabled youth and adults, residential assistance for people with AIDS, youth advocacy, ecological advocacy, and women's rights.