Follow the Civic Agency Institute This Week!

By Cecilia M. Orphan, National Manager, American Democracy Project

Use this hash tag to follow the Civic Agency Institute: #CivAg10.

 

Yasmin Karimian and Harry Boyte at the 2009 Civic Agency Institute

 

This Thursday, in partnership with Dennis Donovan and Harry Boyte of the Center for Democracy and Citizenship, we are kicking off the Civic Agency Institute in Washington, DC. We have 65 faculty members, students, and national partners joining us in DC. These 65 people are what we call, “Agents and Architects of Democracy” in higher education. These academic leaders, students, and faculty members are working to fulfill higher education’s legacy of promoting and protecting American democracy. The Institute is the annual event of the Civic Agency initiative. In Civic Agency, we are experimenting with strategies for developing a deep sense of civic agency in undergraduate students.  Civic agency involves the capacities of citizens to work collaboratively across differences like partisan ideology, faith traditions, income, geography and ethnicity to address common challenges, solve problems, and create common ground. Civic agency requires a set of individual skills, knowledge, and predispositions.

During the Civic Agency Institute, we will launch the new We the People phase of our work with Harry Boyte.  In We the People, we are working to “animate ‘citizen voters’ in 2012. While many leaders are needed in such an initiative, we believe that college students in American Democracy Project schools can take key leadership, reminiscent of the roles students played in the civil rights movement of the 1960s. When the question is the civic health of elections, the government, and the nation itself, and when the electoral process is threatening to spin out of control, we need a broad movement in which the whole citizenry works to redeem American democracy. Civically-oriented politicians are allies and partners, not enemies, in this work.” Taken from Harry Boyte’s blog post.

We have an incredible line-up of co-creators at the Institute who will help us think about how to operationalize We the People. What follows is a sampling of our co-creators: Nancy Kranich, Chair, American Library Association Center for Public Life, Rutgers University New Brunswick, William (Bill) V. Muse, President, National Issues Forum, Norm Ornstein, Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy and Research, KerryAnn O’Meara, Associate Professor of Higher Education, University of Maryland, College Park, and Marta Urquilla, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation, White House. We will also have a representative from Rock the Vote join one of our roundtable discussions.

I see this Institute as the launching point for a new tactical way to deepen our work in the American Democracy Project. I’m very excited to see what unfolds!

We will be live blogging and Tweeting from the Institute. Follow along on this blog and by using the Civic Agency Hashtag #CivAg10. See below for the entire agenda.

Question: How are you working with students to develop their civic agency? What are the important next steps you can take to make “We the People” a reality?

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Civic Agency Institute

“We the People”

Agenda

Thursday, November 11

8:30 a.m.          Welcome and Framing Discussion: “We the People,” The Return of the Citizen Voter

Harry C. Boyte, Co-Director, Center for Democracy and Citizenship, Augsburg College

George L. Mehaffy, Vice President, Academic Leadership and Change, AASCU

9:15 a.m.          Campus Highlights and Challenges

Cecilia Orphan, National Manager, American Democracy Project, AASCU

10:15 a.m.         Break

10:30 a.m.         Roundtable: Creating a Citizen Demand for “We the People” Democracy: Countering Vilification with Public Problem Solving

Norm Ornstein, Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy and Research

Marta Urquilla, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation, White House

A Rock the Vote representative will also participate in this panel.

11:30 a.m.         Strategizing for the Next Two Years

Yasmin Karimian, Student, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Paul Markham, Co-Director, The Institute for Citizenship and Social Responsibility, Western Kentucky University

Dennis Donovan, National Organizer, Public Achievement, Center for Democracy and Citizenship, Augsburg College

12:30 p.m.        Break

12:40 p.m.        Lunch and showing of 50-50: The American Divide Film and Nobody Turn Me Around

Followed by a conversation with Charles Euchner, Author and Creator, Nobody Turn Me Around

1:45 p.m.          Making “We the people” a Reality: Strategies for Curricular and Co-Curricular Change

Joe Mark, Academic Dean, Castleton State College

Nancy Kranich, Chair, American Library Association Center for Public Life, American Library Association Center for Public Life

KerryAnn O’Meara, Associate Professor of Higher Education, University of Maryland, College Park

2:45 p.m.          Break

3 p.m.               Workshop Breakout Sessions (Descriptions on the next page)

Workshop Title Room
1. Agitation 101 

Dennis Donovan, National Organizer, Public Achievement

 

6th Floor Conference Room
2. Creating Civic Minors in Teacher Education 

Jolanda Westerhof, Director, Teacher Education, AASCU

 

2nd Floor Conference Room
3. Self Designed/Open Topic 

Harry Boyte, CDC and Cecilia Orphan, ADP

 

5th Floor Conference Room
4. National Issues Forum (NIF) Information Session  

Bill Muse, President, NIF

Nancy Kranich, American Library Association Center for Public Life

All-Purpose Room

4:30 p.m.          Building the Civic Agency Movement in Northern Arizona

Jason Lowry, Community-Based Research Associate, Northern Arizona University

5:30 p.m.          Reflection

Gary Paul, Associate Professor, Florida A&M University

Friday, November 12, 2010

9:00 a.m. – 2 p.m.

9 a.m.               Public Achievement Roundtable

Abigail Adams, Professor, Anthropology, Central Connecticut State University

Robbin Smith, Assistant Professor, Political Science, Central Connecticut State University

Gregg Kauffman, Instructor, Coordinator of Civic Engagement and ADP Coordinator, Georgia College and State University

Christopher T. Sutton, Coordinator of Student Development, Lincoln University of Missouri

10:45 a.m.         Ideas for Organizing the Cohort – National Initiative

George L. Mehaffy, Vice President of Academic Leadership and Change, AASCU

Cecilia Orphan, National Project Manager, American Democracy Project, AASCU

12:00 p.m.        Working Lunch: Bringing It Home: Review of Campus Plans

Cecilia Orphan, National Project Manager, American Democracy Project, AASCU

1:35 p.m.          Reflection

Harry C. Boyte, Senior Fellow, Center for Democracy and Citizenship, Augsburg College

1:45 p.m.          Public Evaluation

Dennis Donovan, National Organizer, Public Achievement, Center for Democracy and Citizenship, Augsburg College

2:00 p.m.          Adjourn

1 Response to “Follow the Civic Agency Institute This Week!”



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