Public Service Leadership. What does that mean to you?
Democratic systems require participation. Results are more representative of our communities when community members are engaged and involved in decision making. At Colorado State University, we believe that our students are both current and future civic leaders. At that the State of Colorado, and Country, are well served when students from across the political spectrum choose to engage, listen, and participate in our democracy. There are many ways to get involved. Some of those examples are outlined below. Most importantly, we ask that you stay informed and vote.
The Office of International Programs at Colorado State University is pleased to host President Atifete Jahjaga, former President of Kosovo, for an engaging conversation with CSU President Joyce McConnell on Vibrant Democracies and the Need for Engagement. Please join us for this free online event!
Tuesday, October 6th
10:30 A.M. Mountain Time
Registration is required: http://bit.ly/Atifete2020
President Jahjaga served as the first woman President of the Republic of Kosovo, elected by the Parliament of Kosovo in 2011. During her tenure as President, she sought to strengthen the democratic institutions of the country and helped to build and secure greater international recognition for Kosovo. President Jahjaga has worked to build bridges between Kosovo’s various ethnic communities. She has been active in interfaith dialogue and has continuously reached out to minority communities in Kosovo. President Jahjaga led institutional efforts to rehabilitate and reintegrate survivors of sexual violence from the war with Serbia.
Getting involved locally is a great way to have an immediate impact on your community
Consider volunteering for a non-profit organization. Not sure where to find out relevant information? Often, your local Chamber of Commerce or civic and service organizations (like United Way, Rotary, or Lions) are a good broker of information and place to start.
Local Governments are a fundamental component of American Democracy. Local Governments have many key roles: they make sure the lights turn on and that water comes out of the faucet. They oversee local building development, public safety, and maintain our parks and open spaces. Want to find a way to get involved here in Fort Collins? See below for options.
- City Council meets weekly on Tuesdays at 6pm to discuss community items of importance. Interested in a specific discussion item? Please check past and present agenda items and past Council meetings here. Contact information for the City Council can be found here, along with a livestream of the live meeting on Tuesday evenings here.
- Boards and Commissions. With close to 30 Boards and Commissions, serving on one is a great way to learn more about your local community and provide your input to decisions being made.
- Volunteer. The City of Fort Collins has over 1,000 volunteers who help with City operations, events, and more. Some of those volunteers are students who have worked with a CSU Department to turn their volunteer position into a for-credit internship. Current opportunities can be found here. The City uses a digital portal called ENGAGE to manage volunteer opportunities and public engagement efforts. Click here to create an account or sign-in.
- Intern. For decades, CSU students have completed internships with the City of Fort Collins in a variety of fields: City Management, Budgeting, Human Resources, Engineering, Adaptive Recreation, and more. Please consult with your College Career Advisor about opportunities in your field of study, and don’t forget to visit the Career Center and Straayer Center for Public Service Leadership.
Governments play a critical role in our civic systems, often overseeing Public Health, Social Service delivery, and Criminal Justice at the local level. The Board of County Commissioners meets throughout the week, and that schedule can be found on their website. The County also has around 30 Boards and Commissions.
Opportunities exist with both State and Federal Government to stay informed, work with elected officials, and work with agencies and departments.
Visit the Colorado General Assembly to find your legislator, watch or listen to a hearing, or explore the budget. The Colorado General Assembly meets every January through May for the Legislative Session. Interested in learning more about the legislative process or interning at the State Capitol? The CSU Legislative Internship has connected students to internships in Denver for over 40 years.
- Washington D.C. might be over 1,500 miles away, but there are still ways to get involved locally. Congressman Joe Neguse, Senator Cory Gardner, and Senator Michael Bennet all have local offices in Fort Collins, and regularly hire CSU interns. In addition, the newly formed CSU in D.C. Program allows undergraduate students to register for 15 credits through CSU while working and interning in the nation’s capitol. Not sure who your Congressional Representative is? Find out here.
- Are you a Colorado resident who wants to check their voting registration or register to vote online? Please visit the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office for more information
- Voting on campus can be conducted at the Lory Student Center North Ballroom and a ballot drop box is located north of the Lory Student Center near the Transit Center.
- Vote in person or via mail! Questions about voting locally? Please contact the Larimer County Clerk.
- Not from Colorado but interested in learning more about Absentee Voting or Voting By Mail in Your Home State? Learn More
- Rams Vote! Contact ASCSU, Register to Vote, and more.
- Find your State or Local Election Office Website.
- The League of Women Voters of the United States encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.