Political Engagement Project

The Political Engagement Project at HCC is a collaborative effort to promote civic learning and democratic practice on our campus and beyond.

HCC serves as a gateway to higher education for many who might not otherwise have access to a postsecondary education. For that reason, our PEP team is committed to delivering political information, resources and services to community residents who want to have an impact in their communities and in Central Illinois.


The HCC PEP team promotes the development of civic knowledge, skills and motivation by:

  • Planning and organizing campus events relating to civic and political engagement, such as Constitution Week activities, campus speakers and roundtable discussions, campaign debates and Town Hall meetings, voter information and registration, and the annual Pledge of Service Week in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s commitment to community service.

  • Guiding curricular development thru course- and program-level civic and political engagement learning outcomes and the Civic Engagement Curriculum sequence.

  • Fostering professional development for faculty in the areas of political and civic engagement and service learning.

  • Supports grant and collaboration opportunities through particpating in Globabl Youth Service Day activities and administering the INSPiRE (Implementing Novel Service Projects in Responsible Engagement) grant program for faculty.
Current Events

Socrates Cafe:

  • Hosted every month by the Student Engagement Office, Socrates Café is a gathering of people from different background to exchange thoughtful ideas and experiences while embracing the central theme of Socratizing (the idea that we learn more when we question and question with others).


The Civic Engagement Curriculum Sequence
The Civic Engagement Sequence is designed for students interested in civic or political engagement. All courses in the sequence are transferrable to most four-year colleges and universities. The sequence is recognized by HCC at graduation and is noted on official transcripts.
The INSPiRE (Implementing Novel Service Projects in Responsible Engagement) grant program encourages interested faculty to enhance service learning or civic engagement efforts within a course through projects inside and outside the classroom. Grants are awarded in January, subject to available funds.
The PEP Team

HCC's PEP team is made of employees from across the College, including Instruction, Information Technology, Alumni and Outreach, Human Resources, Student Services, Continuing Education, as well as current students.

Our Political Engagement Project began as a partnership with Illinois State University's Political Engagement Project, and is now aligned with The Democracy Commitment, an American community college initiative.

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Contact Us

If you are interested in learning more about PEP activities, joining our team, or collaborating with us, email PEP@heartland.edu or call 309-268-8593.