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The Radford University Scholar-Citizen Initiative offers students from all majors the opportunity to apply academic skills and disciplinary knowledge to challenges facing our local, national and global communities. The diversity of experiences students can immerse themselves in as Scholar-Citizens provides them with career skills -  like problem-solving, adaptability and interpersonal communication — that are useful in every work environment. 

Prepare Yourself for Success 

The Radford University Scholar-Citizen Initiative prepares students to: 

  • analyze different viewpoints and apply ethical reasoning to contemporary issues. 
  • make connections between academic knowledge and civic life.
  • evaluate problems in the context of contemporary local, national or global issues. 

Boost Your Resumé 

In addition to the gratification of working for causes and issues they care about, students prepare themselves for their careers by: 

  • developing an e-portfolio of work to share with future employers.
  • forming a close network of faculty mentors and peers who have similar research interests or who believe in related causes.
  • graduating with distinction (SCI shows up on official transcripts). 

Campus Support 

Some of the benefits students enjoy as members of the SCI community include: 

  • better access to sought-after classes.
  • a built-in community for transfer students. 

Recent accomplishments of Scholar-Citizens include the construction of a community kitchen in East Africa, breakthroughs in geophysics research in the Arctic Circle and environmental activism along the New River. For more examples of Scholar-Citizens putting their knowledge to work for the common good, check out our media gallery.


Our Vision - Create. Connect. Contribute.
The social health of our region and our nation depends upon resilient communities and the creation of new knowledge. The SCI connects people, ideas, and resources to each other, promoting positive social change and providing highly engaging and transformative learning opportunities to students.

Our Mission
Drawing on Radford University’s traditions of student-focused teaching and of service to the Commonwealth and the nation, the mission of the Scholar-Citizen Initiative (SCI) is to prepare students to be “responsible, mature and well-educated citizens” (RU Mission Statement, 7-17).   SCI directly supports Radford University’s civic mission in two ways:

  1. by fostering students’ development of meaningful connections between their personal, professional and civic lives; and
  2. through integration of academics with meaningful co-curricular activities in the areas of volunteer service, public scholarship, community partnerships, and leadership preparation. 

The faculty toolkit  provides an introduction to different aspects of the SCI including:

  • the common characteristics of SCI experiences,
  • types of SCI experiences,
  • examples of SCI projects, courses, and co-curricular programs,
  • the SCI learning outcomes, and
  • assessment requirements.