Civic Engagement

The Maricopa Community Colleges' Center for Civic Participation (CCP) seeks to enrich public life and public discourse on our Maricopa Community College campuses and in our communities. The Center also serves to promote effective practices that support Maricopa's mission relating to community education and civic responsibility.

Maricopa Community College District’s 10 colleges are members of The Democracy Commitment, a national initiative that encourages community colleges across the country to engage students in civic learning and democratic practices.

  • Visit the Arizona Secretary of State’s website for voter registration and information
  • The Civic Toolbox is a collection of resources for conducting voter outreach and education, voter registration, and voter turnout activities.
  • The Center for Civic Participation holds public forums throughout the year on policy issues of concern to the community. These forums are led by a panel of policy makers and subject matter experts and include opportunities for audience participation as well as question/answer sessions.
  • The Center for Civic Participation offers Moderator Trainings throughout the year. Participants learn how to organize and moderate community forums, and how to engage citizens in public dialogue.
  • The Student Public Policy Forum (SPPF) is an academic program that provides an overview of local, state, and national public policy making, and citizen influence and involvement. The program focuses on experiential learning and leadership development through engagement in the public policy process.


Democracy Commitment

The Maricopa Community Colleges are proud to participate in The Democracy Commitment, a national community college initiative to develop and expand programs, projects and curricula that engage students in civic learning and democratic practice.


Civic Leadership Medallion

All part-time and full-time students are eligible to earn the Chancellor’s Civic Leadership Medallion. To earn the medallion, a student must earn 100 points for qualifying civic leadership activities. 


Student Public Policy Forum and the Arizona Town Hall

The Student Public Policy Forum (SPPF) is an academic program that provides an overview of local, state and national public policy making, and citizen influence and involvement. Twice each year the Arizona Town Hall brings together a wide cross section of approximately 150 prominent Arizona citizens to consider and discuss a topic of major concern to Arizona’s future.


Constitution Day

Each year, the Maricopa Community Colleges recognize and celebrate this day with activities and events promoting a better understanding of the Constitution.

Voting Information and Registration
We want all students to be informed about voting and elections. If you are eligible to vote but are not already registered, the deadline to register in order to be eligible to vote in an election is 29 days before the date of the election. 


Voter Outreach

Contact Your Legislators

First, find your district by entering your address and 5-digit zip code here.


Voter Outreach Training Resources

The following workshops can be requested at no charge by students, schools and by nonpartisan/nonprofit organizations. They are offered by the MCCCD Center for Civic Participation in partnership with the O’Connor House Project in order to engage young and future voters as leaders in voter participation outreach projects. The workshops are designed to provide high school and college students with the tools and resources to engage their peers, family and community members in awareness and skill-building discussions designed to increase voter participation in the Fall 2012 Elections.

To request a workshop, please contact the MCCCD Center for Civic Participation at (480) 731-8156, or eMail:


Employee Resources

Maricopa Employee Policies on:


Arizona Legislature

Arizona has 30 legislative districts. Each district has one State Senator and two State House Representatives. Arizona Legislators serve two-year terms.


United States Congress

Each State has two Senators who serve six-year terms. Districts for the House Representative are based on population, so each state has a different number of Representatives. Arizona currently has 8 House Representatives. Beginning in 2013, Arizona will have 9 House Representatives. House Representatives serve two-year terms.


Non-partisan Civic Organizations

Through various partnerships, the Center for Civic Participation provides information about things going on in our partners’ communities.


Voter Registration Overlay Tool

The registration overlay is a tool developed to help determine that voter registration forms have been filled out correctly. Volunteers can quickly see if any critical information is missing from the form and have the voter supply the necessary information. To request copies of the overlay, please eMail or call (480) 461-6140.


Instructional Resources

The following Fact Sheets provide a brief overview of State and Federal Government, US History, the and US Constitution. These are available for use as supplemental classroom materials, or for personal interest.