Civic Engagement Initiative

The focus of the UCF Lou Frey Institute’s Civic Engagement Initiative is to promote and support actively engaged citizenship in both the UCF Community and the broader Central Florida Community.

Upcoming Events

Student Votes Matter

Early Voting at UCF

For faculty, staff and students who are registered to vote in Orange County will be able to cast their ballots for the general election on UCF's main campus.

Location: Live Oak Event Center in Ferrell Commons on UCF's Main Campus

Dates: October 22 – November 4

Hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Nearby Parking: Garage B, across Gemini Boulevard from the Recreation and Wellness Center.

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Past Events

Town Hall Flyer

Voting and Voting Rights

Friday, October 27th, 1:00-2:00PM, Ferrell Commons 165

With Dr. Terri Fine, Associate Director, Lou Frey Institute, & UCF Professor of Political Science

Town Hall Flyer

Town Hall

Tuesday, October 17th at 4:30pm, CB1 0121

"Why Gridlock Rules Washingtion and How We Can Solve the Crisis"

With former Florida Congressmen, David Jolly and Patrick Murphy

Town Hall Flyer

Managing Difficult Conversations

Monday, October 16th, 4:30-5:50PM, CB1 0121

With Dr. S. Kent Butler, UCF Professor, and Carol Davis, Co-president of the Orange County League of Women Voters.

UCF Urban Education Summit

Inaugural UCF Urban Education Summit

UCF College of Education and Human Performance in partnership with the UCF Lou Frey Institute


Civics Forums/Intersectional Roundtables

Focus on highlighting and discussing the intersection of k-12 civic education, citizenship, ethnicity, gender, and politics.

A space to think critically about civic engagement, share experiences and ideas, and think through current events with community members, social activists, journalists and academic scholars.


The Engaged Citizen Podcast is a vehicle to connect with stakeholders around civic education, civic engagement, and relevant current events. The Engaged Citizen Podcast is partially supported by LFI however does not necessarily reflect the views of the Institute.

Available on iTunes and SoundCloud.

Community Action Projects

The community action projects will focus on supporting UCF student lead civics projects and local nonprofit organizations efforts to increase actively engaged citizenship.

Student Civic Engagement

  • Community Engagement for UCF Students Grant Program
  • Partner with UCF Students and the broader UCF Community

Community Civic Engagement

  • Community Service Mini-Grants
  • Partner with local initiatives
  • Assist efforts to increase voting and voter awareness
  • Assist local schools with civic related partnership efforts


UCF College of Education and Human Performance and Black and Gold Studio