USC Dornsife College Of Letters Arts and Sciences

University of Southern California

CRCC began in the aftermath of the Los Angeles riots in 1992, when a diverse array of faith-based groups ventured into the public square to help quell violence, engage civic institutions and address the underlying social problems that had contributed to the unrest. Investigating how religious (and irreligious) groups interact with their communities and building the capacity of these groups remain central to CRCC’s mission, both in Southern California and the rest of the world.

Civic engagement includes the myriad ways people seek to exert influence on society, from voting and protesting, to social services, disaster response and community organizing. See our featured topic pages for more.

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“Social networks of human and institutional relationships matter to a society; when they are strong, everything else in the community is strengthened.”

—Craig McGarvey
“Civic Participation and the Promise of Democracy”