The Civic Engagement Academy (CEA) is a City of Huntsville initiative designed to introduce residents to City government through a series of integrated classes that are interactive, dynamic, fun and creative. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with City leaders and learn multiple ways of getting involved with local government. CEA is a free, six-week program offered each spring and fall that incorporates both classroom and interactive instruction. Cohorts meet every Tuesday from 6-8 p.m.


  • Introduce a broad spectrum of residents to City leaders and departments to build relationships and improve access to City government
  • Make City government better understood and more easily accessible
  • Acquaint residents with municipal leaders and the departments they serve
  • Close the gap between what you think we do and what we actually do
  • Showcase how departments enhance quality of life, are responsible and responsive to citizens, and welcome involvement from community


March 7 – Orientation
March 21 – Our City at Work at City Hall
March 28 – Our City Growing & Playing
April 4 – Our City Safe, Secure, Responding
April 11 – Our City Communicating & Caring
April 18 – Our City Maintaining
April 25  – Our City Engaging


  • At least 19 years old
  • Aspiring or established community influencer
  • Possess a desire to increase community involvement
  • To graduate from the Civic Engagement Academy, participants are expected to commit the necessary time and effort to attend all sessions. Five out of the six classes are required for graduation.

READY TO GET STARTED? Complete Your Application

The deadline to submit an application for the Spring 2023 class is Feb. 6, 2023.

For more information, contact the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at 256-883-3993 or email Director Kenny Anderson at

(256) 883-3993

308 Fountain Circle
Huntsville, AL 35801
8th Floor, City Hall

Mayor’s Office 

Kenny Anderson, Director, Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion