William and Mary Active Citizens Conference Call For Proposals Open: Deadline 2/20/19

Do you have students from Community Engaged Scholarship Courses with presentations to share?

Registrations and workshop proposals for the 2019 Active Citizens Conference are now being accepted. This is a student-focused conference for educating, uniting, and inspiring active citizenship. The conference is close enough to make transportation costs low and will be held Saturday, March 23 at William & Mary.

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A note on the Passing of Senator Harris Wofford from Amy Cohen Executive Director, Nashman Center

We join the country in mourning the passing of Senator Harris Wofford with this remembrance from Amy Cohen.

I note with sadness the passing of Senator Harris Wofford. Harris helped to bend the arc of history toward justice through his many significant roles in American history. His obituary in the Washington Post outlines many of them, including as a friend and champion of Dr King and the civil rights movement. I was proud to work for and with Harris at the federal Corporation for National and Community Service, which he led during the 1990s. Before that, while US Senator from Pennsylvania, he was instrumental in bringing significant opportunities for students in higher education to contribute to their surrounding communities through Federal Work Study (FWS). By passing legislation that required a minimum of 7% of FWS funds to be used for community service at each higher education institution, he effectively created the greatest opportunity for student community service. His was an extraordinary life lived in large part with dedication to public service ad helping the US and individuals to realize their best aspirations.

Featured Speaker: John Saltmarsh on How Community-Engaged Scholarship is Transforming Higher Education

Featured Speaker: John Saltmarsh on How Community-Engaged Scholarship is Transforming Higher Education

Join the Nashman Center on Wednesday, January 30th, 9:00-10:45am, as we welcome Dr. John Saltmarsh to campus for a talk and facilitated discussion,

“How Community-Engaged Scholarship is Transforming Higher Education.”


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Democracy, Call for Abstracts & New Book, "Jumping into Civic Life: Stories of Public Work from Extension Professionals"

Imagining America’s Newsletter has some great content this month:

Looking for a short read to motivate your civic thinking for the next semester?

Check out Democracy Under Siege: A Category 4 Storm https://www.aacu.org/aacu-news/newsletter/2018/november/perspectives

How about a longer read for over break? Check out "Jumping into Civic Life: Stories of Public Work from Extension Professionals" 

Edited by Scott J. Peters (former IA faculty co-director), Theodore R. Alter, and Timothy J. Shaffer. Through eight richly-detailed oral histories, this book helps to open our imagination to the possibilities for professionals to make constructive contributions to the task of making democracy work as it should. The first-hand stories of public work in these oral histories are told by professionals from six different states who either chose or were invited to jump into civic life as active participants. Kettering Foundation Press

Ready to share new Community Engaged Scholarship class next semester? Call for Abstracts: 2019 Community Development Education Symposium -Funding is Available!

The consortium invites Imagining America members who teach community development courses to submit an abstract proposal for the 2019 Community Development Education Symposium that will take place in Detroit, MI, from May 16th-19th. The symposium will convene educators to discuss innovative curricula and educational practices, while exploring the current and future state of community development education.

A limited number of travel stipends will be made available to individuals that are accepted to participate in the symposium. For more information regarding participation please click the link, here.

In addition, individuals participating in the symposium will also be eligible to apply for one of five community development innovation mini-grants (approximately $5,000/grant). 

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Call for Proposals Due March 15, 2019- Are you ready to present?

Calling all faculty and students who are finishing Community Engaged Scholarship classes or have new research to present as a result of past courses and projects-Colorado State University has a call for proposals for their “Deepening our Roots: Advancing Community Engagement in High Education Conference” see video for more information!

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DC Public Schools Hosts Panel Discussion on Civic Engagement in DC

Join DC Public Schools and Interim Chancellor Amanda Alexander for a panel discussion on civic and community engagement in our city and the Anacostia Community Museum’s A Right to the City exhibition. The panel will feature community leaders including DC At-Large Councilmember Anita Bonds, Anacostia Community Museum Chief Curator Samir Meghelli, and Moten Elementary School Principal Akela Dogbe. Event details are included below:

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GW Ranked one of the Best Colleges for Student Voting

Washington Monthly ranked GW one of America’s best colleges for voting. The rankings were decided based on a variety of metrics-one of places that GW scored well was that the institution encourages students to vote. You can see the full article (as well as the other civically active and not-so active universities here: https://washingtonmonthly.com/magazine/september-october-2018/americas-best-colleges-for-student-voting/)

A National Conversation on Civility


As we approach the 2018 midterm elections, our political system and national rhetoric are more polarized than ever. Join moderator Scott Simon, award-winning host of National Public Radio's Weekend Edition Saturday, for a thought-provoking conversation on the importance of civility, why it has broken down — and why it's necessary for solving the major challenges confronting our nation.

The event will take place on Wednesday, September 26th, with doors opening at 6:15 p.m and the panel discussion will take place from 7-9 p.m. After the main event, you will have the opportunity to continue the conversation and meet the panelists at a reception from 9-10 p.m. with drinks and light appetizers.

Tickets are general admission, so seats are first come, first served. Panelists Sally Kohn and Jonathan Haidt, PhD, will be signing copies of their books, which will be available for purchase.

To get seats click here and visit the APA website for more information.

Get Out the Vote at GW: Forward to Students

GW Votes is task force through The Honey W Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service. These faculty, administrators and students are committed to increase voter turnout among GW students. 

For more information: https://serve.gwu.edu/gw-votes

Read on for events and how to get involved. Please forward to your students!

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