Project Pericles

Advocate. Facilitate. Inspire.

Building on the innovative vision of Eugene M. Lang, Project Pericles is a vibrant consortium of colleges and universities that promote civic engagement within higher education.

We work in the classroom, on the campus, and in the community. We engage the majority of students on our campuses – either directly through Periclean programs or indirectly by creating a campus culture that thoroughly integrates civic engagement and social responsibility, most importantly, in the curriculum. Our research projects and publications foster greater awareness within higher education about the value and importance of civic engagement.

Periclean Programs

The national office of Project Pericles collaborates with Periclean colleges and universities to enhance and develop civic engagement programs. These programs encourage faculty to incorporate civic engagement into the curriculum and empower students to become more thoughtful and effective advocates.

Creating Cohesive Pathways to Civic Engagement

Debating for Democracy (D4D)™

Periclean Faculty Leadership (PFL) Program™

Student Choices - Student Voices (SCSV)

Study of Civic Engagement and Wellness

Recent News and Updates

Read Our Latest White Paper
Creating Cohesive Paths to Civic Engagement:
Five Approaches to Institutionalizing Civic Engagement

The white paper documents the accomplishments of 26 participating colleges and universities as part of Project Pericles' three-year initiative to promote a more intentional approach to civic engagement that prioritizes coherent program design and the diffusion of civic engagement throughout the undergraduate experience.

Research reveals five basic approaches to organizing curricular and co-curricular programming for civic engagement: Civic Engagement and Social Responsibility Requirements, Civic Scholars Programs, Pathway Approaches, Certificates, and Entrepreneurial/Open Choice Models.

It discusses how a mapping/survey of the civic engagement curriculum can serve as a powerful catalyst for change on campus and shares other insights from the initiative.

The White Paper and the Creating Cohesive Paths to Civic Engagement Initiative were supported by The Eugene M. Lang Foundation and The Teagle Foundation.

D4D on the Road 2016-2017

Our first five workshops at Pitzer College, Pace University, Chatham University, Wagner University, and Bates College were inspiring to all those in attendance: students, faculty, staff, and community partners. The next year will start at Carleton College and then follow to Ursinus College, the Evergreen State College, and Goucher College. Our trainers come from the FrameWorks Institute. They are a 2015 MacArthur Foundation Award winner for Creative and Effective Institutions, and are known for their development of the Strategic Framework Analysis, rooting communications in the cognitive and social sciences.

Multicampus Research Project on Student Well-being and Civic Engagement Led by Project Pericles

Project Pericles and its collaborators commenced work this spring on a multi-campus research project that examines the impact of civic engagement on student well-being. Bates College, Goucher College, Hendrix College, and Pitzer College are collaborating on the study supported by Bringing Theory to Practice (BTtoP).


Read Our Spring 2016 Newsletter 

Winners of the 2016 Letters to an Elected Official Competition

We are pleased to announce the five winning teams of the 2016 Letters to an Elected Official competition. The competition engages students around public policy issues, the political process, and with their elected officials. Since this program began in 2008, we have received outstanding submissions from students at our Periclean colleges and universities. This year was no exception. You can read the five winning letters by clicking here.

An elected official who served as one of the external evaluators wrote, "let all these students know what wonderful and impressive work they did," adding that "if [she] had received any of the letters from a constituent, [she] would have been blown away." Another outside evaluator commented that the letters were, "so well written and inspiring."

In addition to the letter to an elected official, this year we asked students to share a project proposal about how they would use the $500 award.

Update about SCSV
With the guidance of our Program Directors and Christine Martin, our former Program Manager, we have relaunched SCSV, a favorite program of Eugene Lang's, to engage students in the democratic process. SCSV seeks to strengthen political engagement across campuses by encouraging the active participation of eligible voters in the American democratic process by (1) sharing information and resources to encourage students and community members to be knowledgeable about candidates and issues, (2) creating a space for dialogue, and (3) helping to register students and community members to vote. Program Directors nominated students on their campuses to join the SCSV national taskforce, a network committed to sharing innovative ideas and practices that develop guides and other voting resources.

Project Pericles Needs Your Support!

Please consider making a generous donation today to Project Pericles so that we can continue our work preparing tomorrow's engaged citizens. Donations can now be made directly through our website by clicking donate in the upper right corner. 

For more information about receiving copies of our newsletters and publications, please e-mail Garret Batten.