iCED Mission

To transform learning, strengthen democracy, and contribute meaningfully to the common good by awakening and empowering students for lifelong civic engagement.

Theory of Change

The Institute for Civic Engagement & Democracy (iCED) is part of the Office of Changemaking Education and Social Innovation at MDC and provides the MDC community with high-quality opportunities for civic learning and democratic engagement (CLDE).

iCED believes that when teaching and learning experiences are transformed for students and faculty, they develop the knowledge, skills and agency to become active citizens. We aim to close Miami’s civic empowerment gap and achieve a more representative, participatory democracy.

CLDE is defined as educational experiences that intentionally prepare students for informed, engaged participation in their communities’ civic and democratic life by providing opportunities to develop civic knowledge, skills, and mindsets through learning and practice.

We offer a myriad of programs across all MDC campuses and centers through three pathways: Service, Civic Leadership, & Democratic Engagement. Each pathway incorporates specific CLDE elements: