The Civic Engagement, Family, and Community Policy program provides resources for
community leaders and policy makers with the goal of enhancing civic engagement and
strengthening families and communities.
Our mission is to help strengthen families and communities across Oklahoma by empowering
people to address the most pressing issues facing families through civic engagement
programming, and by facilitating collaboration with leaders on the implementation
of proposed solutions.
Civic engagement and strong democratic institutions are essential to creating communities
that meet the needs of the people who live there. Extension programs are enhancing
opportunities to involve all stakeholders in self-governance. In these programs, participants
learn effective methods of civic engagement
become active in their communities through working on community projects
Cooperative Extension programs partner with various cross-sector community groups
to foster the development of informed and engaged citizens, and to adopt democratic
approaches to community problem solving.
One strategy we believe in for helping communities to identify goals and take action
is public deliberation. Public deliberation is a means by which citizens make tough
choices about basic purposes and directions for their communities and their country
– it is a way of reasoning and talking. Public deliberation helps participants explore
policy options, weigh other people's views, consider the costs and consequences of
various alternatives, and provide meaningful input into decisions on family and community
What is a Community?
Our definition of a community includes a wide variety of groups – from a small member-run
organization, to a neighborhood or small town, to entire regions of the country. All
communities can benefit from leaders who serve their members in a constructive and
ethical way. Everyone has something to contribute to a community.
Family Impact Seminars
Oklahoma State University is the sole provider of Family Impact Seminars for the state
of Oklahoma. As such we are part of a network headquartered at the Family Impact Institute
located at Purdue University. The ultimate goal of family impact seminars if to use
research to build better public policies for families.