The Strategic Benefits of Student Civic Learning and Identity
In 1908, twelve years before U.S. women could vote on a national level, the state of Virginia founded the University of Mary Washington as a teaching college -- the “State Normal and Industrial School for Women in Fredericksburg” was our uplifting original name -- to train women as public school teachers for the surrounding community. At the time, most southern institutions were segregated, so this opportunity was only offered to white women. Over the decades, Mary Wash has expanded our curricular offerings and opened up to African-American women (1960s) and men (1970s), and today, people from all identities and backgrounds attend the institution. The public purpose of our original mission as a teacher preparatory college continues to inspire us.
CLDE17 Baltimore in Review
Our recent 2017 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Meeting in Baltimore, Md., brought together a great group of faculty, students, administrators, community partners and representatives from our national sponsor and partner organizations committed to advancing civic learning and democratic engagement through higher education.
Read on for highlights of our time together.
A Different Kind of Running
The Leadership Scholar Program has contributed to my growth as a student and civic leader. Within the first year of the program, I learned about my leadership style and how there is no one type of leadership. I consider myself to be a servant leader. I want to be a leader who not only grows but makes sure that the people around them are growing and practicing their best skills to work for the common interest. My university has offered me endless opportunities for leadership where I can exhibit my skills - from being a Resident Assistant to taking on the role as an Orientation Assistant planning programs for new students. Because of the Mount, I’ve learned that there is no shortage of greatness if we empower women and provide them with meaningful roles to showcase their leadership.
Lessons Learned from a Strategic Planning Participant
Strategic planning processes can be positive, interesting and engaging for the participant. Understanding the expectations and ground rules is helpful for engaging the team, along with context, mission and laying the appropriate groundwork to set yourself up for success. These are just a few of the lessons learned as a participant for an engaging strategic planning process.
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Thank you to our #CLDE17 Meeting Partners and Exhibitors!
As part of your experience at the 2017 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, be sure to connect with our meeting partners and exhibitors in the Marriott Ballroom Foyer during the hours of registration. You can also connect with them during the #CLDE17 networking reception on Thursday, June 8 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom Salon I, II, III, & IV, and throughout the entire meeting as they attend, participate in, and present sessions.