Eugene Lang College is committed to civic engagement and social justice in the framework of a liberal arts education. Civic engagement is the practice of reciprocal and self-reflexive intervention that brings communities into contact with each other and creates spaces where the relationship between power, knowledge, and social action can be studied. Civic engagement can include a wide continuum of interventions, ranging from community service to social issues activism to critical pedagogies. Civic engagement is integral to a liberal arts education, and a liberal arts education is integral to fostering a practice of civic engagement that is attentive and responsive to shifting social and political conditions.
Social justice is considered the ethical core of the liberal arts education at Lang, so learning through civic engagement is much more than volunteer work. It integrates purposeful public service with academic grounding, instruction, and reflection.