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This report offers the first comprehensive assessment of civic health in the state of South Carolina. Civic health is determined by analyzing a series of indicators that measure political participation, community involvement, and neighborhood engagement. The findings show that South Carolinians vote
at surprisingly high rates, frequently discuss politics with friends and family, participate heavily in community groups- particularly religious organizations, and regularly talk with neighbors.
The South Carolina Civic Health Index concludes with four “Visions for Action” designed to improve civic health for all residents or targeted groups. Any specific idea, however, must be created and vetted by the people of the state. Therefore, each vision is accompanied with discussion questions that can
aid in the development of plans to build a more participatory and engaged South Carolina.
Center for International Studies
Center for Research and Scholarship Support
Center for Teaching Excellence & Learning
Metropolitan Studies Institute
Dr. Abraham Goldberg
Director of Service-Learning and Community Engagement
Associate Professor of Political Science Campus Life Center 202864-503-5670
Associate Director of Metropolitan EngagementAdmin 326F864-503-7366
Heather RossiVolunteer Program CoordinatorCampus Life Center, 202864-503-5106
Charlie LaferAmeriCorps VISTA Campus Life Center, 202864-503-7200
Graduate Assistant for Community Engagement
800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303
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