Civic Awareness Award

The School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership’s Civic Awareness Award encourages students to gain knowledge on various perspectives and issues of public concern outside the classroom, by attending and participating in SCETL events, including The Civic Discourse Project, Signature Events (the Annual Constitution Day Lecture and Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture), and The SCETL Advantage workshop series, among others. The school’s public programming allows students to listen to and interact with civic leaders, public intellectuals and notable scholars. 

Students are able to qualify for the Civic Awareness Award by attending the school’s events and submitting written reflections about each event to the school’s Undergraduate Studies Committee. 

Students who qualify for the Civic Awareness Award will receive a medallion upon graduation, are honored at the school’s end-of-year student event and are recognized in the school’s media. 

Qualifying for the Award

The Civic Awareness Award is open to all Arizona State University students — majoring or minoring within the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership is not required. Students receive points toward the Civic Awareness Award when they attend school-sponsored events and submit a reflection about each event.

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Receiving Points

Students must accrue 20 points to qualify for the Civic Awareness Award, based on the following scale:

  • 1 point per large public lecture or dialogue, including live webinars

  • 1 point per panel or lecture at the school’s annual conference

  • 2 points per small, student-oriented event, including events in The SCETL Advantage workshop series. The school also hosts a number of visiting scholar lunches throughout the year for students to attend.

Fulfillment of criteria may occur in as little as one year or over the course of a student’s undergraduate career. The Civic Awareness Award is granted at the end of the academic year in which a student completes all requirements.

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Register to participate

Students must register their interest in pursuing the Civic Awareness Award in order to receive credit for event attendance.

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If you have any questions about the Civic Awareness Award, don't hesitate to reach out.

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Additional Information

In order to receive credit for attendance, students need to complete the check-in process at each in-person event. 

Students can also obain points by attending events hosted by the school's research centers, The Center for the Study of Economic Liberty and The Center for Political Thought and Leadership. When registering for these events, students need to select that they are receiving credit for the Civic Awareness Award.  

The school accepts retroactive credits for attended events, dating back to September 2018. Each year, students may also watch up to two recorded events from the SCETL Video Catalog and submit reflections on them in order to receive two points toward the Award. In their reflections, students should indicate that they are submitting a reflection on a recorded event. 

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