Civic Engagement

Civic Engagement programs were designed to establish and nurture fellowship with diverse organizations, other faith communities, the community-at-large as well as local, state, and national elected officials and government staff. The work generated as result of these bonds have made  MALV a proven partner for the common good.  Throughout the year, MALV invites Government Officials and Candidates to visit MALV and meet with our community, speak to community members after Friday prayers, and interact with MALV leadership to increase community Civic engagement and responsibilities.

In addition, we will maintain our commitments to specific events like the MALV Annual Interfaith Iftar, Open housed, candidate nights, and other programs where Interfaith fellowship and official government representation is important to build an engaged partnership with the community.

Accomplished legal scholar and former Indiana University President Dr. Thomas Ehrlich in his essay compilation entitled, “Civic Responsibility and Higher Education,” presents the definition of civic engagement as “…working to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values, and motivation to make that difference. It means promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and nonpolitical processes.” (Ehrlich, T.; Civic Responsibility and Higher Education, American Council on Education, Oryx Press, 2000).
As examples of the wide array of partners working with the MALV Center, we are able to list the following:
• Local and National politicians
• Local churches, temples and synagogues
• Islamic Relief
• And many more…

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