Jefferson Public Citizens/Student Experience
The Jefferson Public Citizens (JPC) program combines academics with public service to deepen learning, infusing students’ service and research experiences throughout their time at the University. JPC seeks to inspire students to act as engaged citizens through community partnerships, research service projects, and scholarly reflection. The program prepares students to work with local, national, and international communities to effect positive change in the world. With public service identified as a priority of the Campaign for the University of Virginia by the Commission on the Future of the University, the Board of Visitors approved the program in October 2008.
The University is seeking funds to support students interested in participating in the JPC program, which was launched in fall 2009. Advised by engaged faculty scholars and mentored by graduate students, undergraduates at the University of Virginia design JPC projects that will both serve communities and advance understanding of social, economic, and political issues confronting the world.