Putting Our Wound to Work: Reflecting on Kent State’s Tragic History and Renewing Democracy
In preparing for the 50th anniversary of the events of May 4th, Kent State University is a renewed institution, looking backward and forward, remembering the pain and loss of the past and resolving to co-create a brighter future for all of us. Playing the roles of convener and “Wounded Healer,” we are putting our wound to work, dedicated to raising our voices in a convening spirit and creating inclusive and peaceful environments. We look forward to joining and learning from other institutions as we work together to build the thriving democracy we seek.
Community Partners & Gen Z
Social Learning Environments: Gen Z students want to be in on the action and collaborate with others to build their professional skills. Gen Z wants to see the finish line, working with others that can help them build the skills necessary to reach their goal is important to them. With community partners this may look different in the past because they will want to do things with their peers.
Helping our students understand they have the power, and the responsibility to impact our community.
Helping our students understand that it is their responsibility to pay attention to the community they are in, and that making a positive impact is at the heart of the intent of all of the programming that our office coordinates. We strive to help our students understand the impact of their time and energy so they understand the value of volunteering. That one minute interaction with that student last December helped fill me with hope that we are being successful in this endeavor.
Sign up for the IV-E SLPKC Graduate Student Mentorship Program
The SLPKC Graduate Student Mentorship Program is designed to connect master's level graduate students interested in student leadership with current professionals in the field. Learn how you can get involved as a mentee or mentor. Register by October 29.
Rethinking Nonpartisanship in an Increasingly Divisive Era
When our peers make a statement, we need to seek to understand their perspective and to ask them how they know that their statement is true. This is a question I’ve struggled with my whole life. How do I know the things I know? How do I know if I know the right things? I think these are questions we should all be asking ourselves, but more importantly we should be asking them of one another.
Committing to Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement: Make it a Strategic Priority
Moraine Valley Community College (MVCC) is dedicated to ensuring students gain the knowledge and skills needed to meet the demands of a changing world. MVCC’s district covers 139 square miles in the southwest suburbs of Chicago. The district has population of about 400,000 people and includes 26 communities of varying demographic and socioeconomic backgrounds. When Moraine Valley Community College (MVCC) set to work on creating its Strategic Plan for 2015-2019 one thing was certain, that to truly meet the needs of community, students, faculty, and staff there had to be a strong commitment to Civic Learning and Democratic engagement. MVCC’s 2015-2019 Strategic Plan fosters a continuous improvement environment.