This year, the McCall Center for Civic Engagement (MCCE) started a new weekly event known as Civic Saturdays. This is a chance for students to get to know other students and familiarize with the area they live in while also contributing to the betterment of the community.
Every Saturday morning, two student workers from the MCCE organize and host a Civic Saturday, sometimes known as a “Walk and Clean” where they choose a different place to visit and clean every week to keep students engaged through civic action.
“We’re really trying to bridge the gap between the Forest Grove community and the Pacific community because there’s some disconnect there,” said Elle Cordima, one of the Civic Action Team Specialists (CATS) at the MCCE.
The MCCE tries to collaborate with different clubs and centers every week to get more students involved. On their last Walk and Clean, they collaborated with the Asian Pacific American Student Union (APASU) on Saturday Oct. 16, the clean-up took place on B-Street, where B-Street Farm is located.
Civic Saturdays began around the third week of the semester, and will run every Saturday until Oct 23 to give students a break for midterms and finals. The program will start again in the spring.
“Everyone is coming back from online and there’s lot’s of new students,” said Duc Khong, another CATS staff member at the MCCE. “This is our way of giving them a tour around campus and surrounding neighborhoods.”The goal of the MCCE is to remind Pacific students to take part in bettering their community. Meeting people in the small town helps community members know that Pacific students are their neighbors. MCCE hosts multiple civic action activities around campus, including voter registration booths and Getting Involved Via Engagement (GIVE) hours. The MCCE is located in Scott 110 and you can learn more about their events on their website. — Ashley Meza
Ashley Meza was born and raised in Portland and is a senior studying journalism. She is currently the student life section editor and hosts the Index Podcast. She holds the DACA Coordinator position at the Student Multicultural Center and enjoys making short films in her free time.