Center for Citizenship and Community

About Us

Who we are

Butler University's Center for Citizenship and Community (CCC) is a non-profitnon-partisan confluence of university and community.

What we do

The CCC coordinates

  • service-learning course development and management
  • intercollege programming to foster civic mindedness
  • Butler's Indianapolis Community Requirement (ICR)

Our philosophy

We believe that education can help shape society for the better, and that an informed and active citizenry has the knowledge to manage for themselves the political, social, and economic factors affecting their neighborhoods and lives.

History

In 1996, Margaret Brabant, then Butler's chair of the political science department, founded the Center for Citizenship and Community. She envisioned an organization that would span departments, colleges, offices, and community, with the aim of encouraging civic mindedness and civic engagement.

Toward this end, the CCC has partnered with local organizations, and Butler students have provided leadership for and learned from programs that range from dance instruction to recording oral histories, to mentoring and tutoring, to work with Iraqi refugee families.

Publications by CCC and allied faculty ~ show more

  • Margaret Brabant. "Service-Learning: An Exportable Pedagogy?" In Problematizing Service-Learning: Critical Reflections for Development and Action. Editors: Trae Stewart and Nicole Webster Publisher:  Information Age Publishing. Scheduled publication date:  Spring 2010.
  • Brabant, Margaret and Donald Braid. 2009. "The Devil is in the Details: Defining Civic Engagement." With Margaret Brabant. Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, 13: 59-87.
  • Reading, Suzanne and Carlstrand, Glenn. 2007. "Service Learning across Language and Culture." Academic Exchange Quarterly 11(3): 123-28.
  • Margaret Brabant and Anne Wilson. "Community beyond Honors: Butler University's Community Fellows Program.". Honors in Practice. 2006. Vol. 2, pp. 34-72.
  • Brabant, Margaret and Donald Braid. 2005. "Civic Engagement and the University: A Marriage made in Heaven?" With Margaret Brabant. In A Collection of Papers on Self-Study and Institutional Improvement, 2005. Ed. Susan E. Van Kollenburg. Chicago: Higher Learning Commission. 2005.
  • Margaret Brabant and Arthur Hochman. 2004 "What are Schools For: Crossing Institutional Barriers for the Sake of Learning. Educational Studies, 36:2: 59-87
  • Margaret Brabant, Donald Braid, Elizabeth Krajeck, Elise Kushigian, and Robert Mackoy. 2003. "Imagining a Whole Life: The Need for Arts-Infusion Programming in our Schools and Communities: A Study of the "Creative Options for Reaching Excellence" (C.O.R.E.) Program and Recommendations concerning the proposed Center for Arts Infusion at Butler University. This report was submitted to Lilly Endowment, Inc.
  • Novak, Katherine. 2002. Attitude of Butler-Tarkington Residents toward Education and a Neighborhood School.
  • Novak Katherine. 1999. Crime and Safety Perceptions in Butler-Tarkongton.

Conference presentations by the CCC and allied faculty ~ show more

  • Brabant, Margaret and Donald Braid. "The Commonwealth Begins at Home." Paper presented at the annual meeting of The American Folklore Society, Louisville, KY Oct. 23-26, 2008.
  • Margaret Brabant, Donald Braid, Bob Holm, and Joe Kirsch. "Butler University Incorporates Civic Engagement into its Core Curriculum." Poster presentation at the 2007 SENCER Summer Institute, University of Southern Maine, August 3-6, 2007.
  • Margaret Brabant, Donald Braid. "The Devil is in the Details: Defining Civic Engagement." Paper presented with Margaret Brabant at the CITA Conference on Community-University Partnerships, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, April 26-27, 2007.
  • Margaret Brabant, Donald Braid, Stacy O'Reilly, Joe Kirsch, Panos Linos, and Bob Holm. "Service Learning and Community Partnerships: Comprehending a Dynamic Equilibrium." Paper presented at the SENCER Summer Institute, San Jose, CA, August 3-7, 2006.
  • Margaret Brabant and Donald Braid. "Stories as Keys to Intercultural Understanding." Paper at a workshop jointly sponsored by the International Partnership for Service-Learning and Leadership and Indiana University/Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) that was held at IUPUI on March 1-2, 2006.
  • Margaret Brabant and Donald Braid. " 'Our Stories Tell Us Who We Are': Stories as Keys to Intercultural Understanding." Paper presented at the annual meeting of The International Partnership of Service learning and Leadership, Rapid City, SD, October 18-22, 2005.
  • Margaret Brabant, Donald Braid, and Justin Parker. "Civic Engagement and the University: A Marriage Made in Heaven?" Paper at the annual meeting of the Higher Learning Commission, Chicago, IL, April 10-12, 2005.
  • Margaret Brabant and Donald Braid. "Claiming Lives and Realities in an Urban Landscape." Paper presented at the annual meeting of The American Folklore Society, Salt Lake City, UT, Oct. 13-17, 2004.
  • Margaret Brabant, Donald Braid, Elizabeth Krajeck, and Justin Parker. "Don't Build Your House on Sand: Sustainable Partnerships." Paper presented at the Governor's Conference on Service and Volunteerism, Indianapolis, IN, October 6-7, 2004.
  • Margaret Brabant, Donald Braid, Elizabeth Krajeck, and Justin Parker. "Cradle to the Grave-Building Sustainable Programs." Paper presented at the COPC National Conference, New Orleans, LA, March 31-April 3, 2004.
  • Margaret Brabant. "The Cost of Engagement." Association of American Colleges and Universities Annual National Meeting. Washington, D. C., January 21-24, 2004.
  • Margaret Brabant. "The Meaning of Civic Engagement," The Grover L. Hartman Center for Civic Education and Leadership. DePauw University, Greencastle, IN. September 24, 2003
  • Margaret Brabant. "`A Small Opening': Using Service Learning in the Service of the Humanities and Humanity." International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities. Island of Rhodes, Greece July 2-5, 2003.
  • Margaret Brabant and Donald Braid. "Storytelling, Civic Memory, and Community." Paper presented at the annual meeting of The American Folklore Society, Rochester, NY, Oct. 16-20, 2002.
  • Margaret Brabant. "Difficult Partnerships-Turning Barriers into Bridges." COPC National Conference, Pittsburgh, PA. April 25-27, 2002.
  • Margaret Brabant. "COPCs and Service Learning." Indiana Campus Compact Regional Meeting. Martin University, Indianapolis, IN. March 15, 2002.
  • Donald Braid. "Service Learning and Cultural Diversity." Indiana Campus Compact Regional Meeting, Martin University, Indianapolis, March 15, 2002.
  • Margaret Brabant and Donald Braid. "The Harmony in Dissonance: Understanding a Neighborhood." Paper presented at the annual meeting of The American Folklore Society, Anchorage, AK, Oct. 17-21, 2001.
  • Margaret Brabant. "Close Encounters with CDCs: An Academic's Perspective." Midwest Sociological Society Annual Meeting, St. Louis, MO. April 4-6, 2001.
  • Margaret Brabant. "`What Are Schools For?' Service-learning and Interdisciplinary Teaching." Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference, Drury College. February 2005-06, 1998.
  • Margaret Brabant. "Public Intellectuals-The Work of Service-learning." Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio, December 08, 1998.