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The Center for Democracy and Civic Life office is OPEN from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. However, because of COVID protocols, the capacity of our office is limited. Please contact us by email ( to arrange for a time to visit.


The Center for Democracy and Civic Life helps people develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to create healthy communities and tackle challenges together. Our work builds from the premise that civic life encompasses everyday settings and relationships through which people can generate the power to shape their world.

The Center produces, inspires, and shares innovations in civic and democratic engagement, and supports collaborative activity that helps to build thriving civic cultures at UMBC and in communities involved in the Center’s work.


“[The] task of democracy is forever that of creation of a freer and more humane experience in which all share and to which all contribute.”

— John Dewey