Wading into the Messiness: Civil Engagement for Civic Engagement
In the past year, our nation has experienced incidents that have had a personal, visceral, profound effect on our students; incidents of intolerance, hatred, and violence fill the newsfeed. In an “us vs them” dichotomy where debate and arguing to win has surpassed discussion and listening to learn and understand, higher education needs to focus not just on civic engagement but civil engagement. At Colby-Sawyer College, our students have asked us to include conversations on current and controversial topics as part of their classroom experiences.
Election Reflection – One Year Later
One year ago, I posted an Election Reflection blog in which I argued: “Political learning and engagement in democracy begins anew today, not during the next election season. Like all elections, this one should be a wake-up call.” I challenged colleges and universities to seize this moment in the nation’s history to teach students across all disciplines to explore multiple perspectives on issues; to advance quality political discourse; to fact check candidates, social media, and pundits, and to engage with local communities. On this one-year anniversary, I reissue that call for reflection and challenge campuses to examine what’s been done during the past year to educate not for the democracy we have, but the democracy we want.
Five things early-career professionals can do as they transition to an SCU
Thank You For Being a Mentor
Dr. Jennifer Miles, Ed.D., explores the importance of mentorship in student affairs
#CLDE17 Rates Increase Tomorrow! Register Today!
Join us for the annual 2017 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting taking place June 7-10, 2017 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront in Baltimore, Maryland. Registration rates increase TOMORROW, and the #CLDE17 planning committee encourages you to register and reserve your hotel room to secure the most affordable options!
#CLDE17 FRIDAY PLENARY | Dialogue and Deliberation Forum Safety and Justice
Democratic dialogue and deliberation build civic capacities and consciences to tackle the highly salient and most complex wicked problems facing communities today. It rejects the expert model of technical expertise and specialization towards a truly democratic framework of accessibility and empowerment. The practice of dialogue and deliberation cultivates student abilities necessary to explore enduring and multidisciplinary questions and solve persistent public problems. Thus, the capacities necessary for productive and meaningful dialogue and deliberation—critical thinking, emphatic listening, creative problem solving, ethical leadership, collaboration, issue framing—are not only essential for sustaining a vibrant democracy, they are the best preparation for our students/citizens/graduates to be successful in the 21st century.