Inside Higher Ed had a nice piece this week by a graduate student encouraging others to get involved in their local communities, in particular using their graduate level learning to support local government. We encourage you to share it with your students.
Teagle’s call for proposals is out!
The Teagle Foundation’s initiative is “to support and strengthen liberal arts education, which we see as fundamental to meaningful work, effective citizenship, and a fulfilling life.” It seeks to strengthen civic education throughout the undergraduate curriculum and disciplines as a means of challenging and defining American democracy.
The most successful proposals are expected to transcend additions to the course catalog and mirror an initiative to integrative learning, aiding the student body and capable of being sustained well beyond the distribution of the grant. See http://www.teaglefoundation.org/Grants-Initiatives/How-We-Grant/For-Grantseekers-(1) for details on submission.
The William and Mary 2019 Active Citizens Conference will take place on March 23rd, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Join students, faculty, and community leaders coming together to learn about the best practices for impacting community and mobilizing social change.
Register for the conference by March 13. Thanks to generous sponsors the event will now be free with transportation provided by the Nashman Center, so this is a great opportunity to learn and collaborate with engaged students from across the area!
Contact Colleen (firstname.lastname@example.org) to secure transportation with Nashman. Students are encouraged to register by Friday March 1st so that we have time to secure registration & transportation.
PUBLIC is the Journal of Imagining America, a professional association for public artists and scholars. This latest issue reflects on the efforts of university-community collaborations and shares critical writing and innovative projects that seek to transform the practices of incarceration. You can view it online now at public.imaginingamerica.org.
The contributors to the issue explore the complexities of incarceration from lived experiences as incarcerated, formerly incarcerated, and system impacted people, and scholars, practitioners, and artists whose work addresses our carceral systems. These pedagogical approaches and pedagogies are tied to groundbreaking research initiatives, detailing the potentials and challenges of bringing institutional, geographical, and demographic information to a public audience in an effort to raise questions that are too often not asked.
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.Read More
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.
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).
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!
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:Read More
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/)