CALL FOR PARTICIPATION
Mini-Grant Request Deadline: September 30, 2015
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A collaboration between the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities, Campus Compact, Education Commission of the States, and Generation Citizen as they launch the Urban and Regional Partnerships for Civic Learning and Student Success Partnership Initiative.
More About the Initiative
The initiative is grounded in the understanding that civic learning is both intrinsically important and is a powerful way to deepen students’ engagement in their own education, thereby promoting their overall success. The initiative is a team-based approach designed to support local education partnerships through an Action Summit, taking place on November 18th in Baltimore, and complementary learning communities.
Apply for Mini-Grants
To enable participation in the Summit by broad-based urban and regional teams, the consortium is making available small grants to cover participants’ travel and lodging expenses. While the applicants for these grants will be institutions of higher education, funds will be used to cover the expenses of all participants, particularly those who cannot access institutional or organizational funds for this purpose.
Mini-grant applications are due by September 30, 2015 and must contain the following information:
- Project Lead at applicant institution
- Team members and rationales for participation
- Motivation for participation
- Letters of commitment from CEOs
Learn more about submitting a mini-grant here.
The next Knight News Challenge will focus on answering this question: How might we make data work for individuals and communities? Winners will receive a share of $3 million in funding to develop their projects.
Open to anyone: journalists, startups, civic hackers, and academics, media organizations, businesses, nonprofits, government and individuals. Anyone can also offer feedback on submitted ideas.
Learn more at NewsChallenge.org
Applications open Sept. 8, 9am ET and close Sept. 30
Live events and virtual office hours will be held throughout September to answer questions about this Challenge. (Event list)
On Twitter, follow #NewsChallenge and @KnightFdn. Sign up for News Challenge e-mail updates.
Given the busy lifestyle of college students, it can be hard to stay informed about election coverage. We’ve created a list of suggested smartphone apps as a part of our ADP/TDC Electoral Engagement Resources for students to stay up-to-date about the 2015 and 2016 elections.
The suggested apps cover a variety of information important for engaging students. The apps are broken down into the following categories:
- News Updates
- Voting Information and Protection
- Incumbent Records
- Candidates and the Issues
- Campaign Finance and Fact Checking
- Public Opinion Information
Participating campuses are encouraged to advertise these election apps, making it easier for students to stay engaged on-the-go.
Download Electoral Engagement Apps (pdf)
Don’t forget: National Voter Registration Day is September 22nd!
Guest Post by John J. Theis, Professor of Political Science, Lone Star College, Kingwood (Texas)
Inequality is a major issue in the United States. Working people on both the left and the right are apprehensive of the future: seeing their standard of living dropping, their jobs teetering precariously with threats of outsourcing and downsizing, and worrying about a country where their children and grandchildren will in all probability grow up with lower standards of living than they had. Statistics support their concerns as workers’ wages have remained flat since the 1970s. The latest data from the CIA world Fact Book shows that the United States is one of the few countries where income inequality is significantly worsening. In addition, The United States has the highest level of inequality among industrialized democracies, rivaling the levels of inequality in Rwanda and Bolivia. While industrialized democracies of Western Europe sit in the mid to low 30’s on the GINI Index, the United States sits at 45. Even Russia, with all the talk of a new oligarchy emerging out of the old communist regime, boasts a level of inequality below the United States at 42.
Michael Morton from Harvard and Dan Ariely from Duke have done some interesting research showing that the vast majority of Americans are unhappy with the distribution of wealth preferring instead a distribution that mirrors the Scandinavian social democracies. This was true of all socio-economic groups (see citation). The more disturbing finding coming out of that work is that the overwhelming majority of Americans do not realize just how unequal the United States has become. As the authors note, “our results demonstrate that Americans appear to drastically underestimate the current level of wealth inequality, suggesting they may simply be unaware of the gap.” If Americans want a fairer society and fail to understand how unequal the society is a concerted effort must be made to educate Americans on the actual distribution of wealth.
As part of the joint ADP/TDC Economic Inequality Initiative, Lone Star College is proud to announce a conference aimed at precisely that goal. In cooperation with University of Houston-Downtown and Tarrant County Community College –Southeast, we will be hosting a civic engagement conference to share the pedagogies and activities that colleges and universities are using to have discussions about inequality. The conference on November 6th and 7th 2015 in Houston brings together students, faculty and staff from across the country to learn about economic inequality, share efforts being made on their campuses and in their communities.
Confirmed speakers are economists James Galbraith from the University of Texas and Dean Baker from the Economic Policy Institute as well as political scientists Benjamin Page of Northwestern and Nicholas Carnes of Duke. Concurrent sessions will feature presentations from faculty as well as a dedicated student track. This promises to be an informative and exciting conference and proposals are now being accepted.
If you are interested in submitting a proposal or would like additional information, please contact John J. Theis and Seth Howard.
For a conference flyer, please click here.
We’ve compiled a guide for college voters to help understand the persuasion mechanisms and campaign financing used by candidates in elections. The breakdown of these topics is meant to help student voters understand the factors used to influence public opinion and to help individuals begin making their own informed decisions.
The document is one of the engagement resources available for download on the ADP/TDC Electoral Engagement Resources webpage. It features several video links and images explaining or demonstrating tactics used by candidates and politicians.
ADP and TDC campuses are encouraged to distribute the PDF file to students for educating them about what to expect in the upcoming 2015 and 2016 elections.
Download Guide to Informed Voting (pdf)
Don’t forget: National Voter Registration Day is September 22nd!