The Engaged Citizen Experience (ECE) is a part of the Drake Curriculum which aims to ensure students will learn to participate effectively in democratic processes through coursework and classroom and community activities. The Engaged Citizen Experience seeks to mobilize the entire campus community to discuss a critical theme or global issue. In order to create an integrated experience, the ECE is a blend of academic and co-curricular programming. New courses and existing courses are designed to engage students in the exploration of an annual theme. Co-curricular programs, presentations and workshops involve the larger community in the discussion.
Drake University is partnering with the University of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa) to host the Global Citizen Forum, a virtual conference on equity and inclusion in higher education taking place in March 3-5, 2021. The purpose of this conference is to provide an opportunity for faculty, staff and students from around the world to share in their experiences, challenges, and solutions that have shown progress in the area of equity and inclusion.