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Byron White, VP for University Engagement at Cleveland State to give Saturday Plenary at #ADP12

Byron White

Byron White

Byron P. White, Ed.D. is Vice President for University Engagement at Cleveland State University where he is responsible for developing strategic plans for community engagement to enhance CSU’s numerous partnerships. Before joining CSU in February 2012, White was Vice Chancellor for Economic Advancement for the Ohio Board of Regents. He previously was Associate Vice President for Community Engagement at Xavier University in Cincinnati and founding executive director of the university’s Eigel Center for Community-Engaged Learning. A former editorial page editor of The Cincinnati Post, White also served as editor of the Chicago Tribune’s Urban Affairs Team and a writer on the Tribune’s editorial board. He later became the newspaper’s senior manager of community relations.

White has directed and worked with community-based organizations in Cincinnati and Chicago often in conjunction with the Asset-Based Community Development Institute at Northwestern University, on whose faculty he serves. He also continues to serve as a Senior Fellow for the Community Building Institute at Xavier University, and a Research Associate at the Kettering Foundation. White has a doctorate in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree in social science from the University of Chicago, and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ohio University.

White’s keynote address is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, June 9:

PLENARY SESSION: Community Strengths, Assets and Other Ideas We Don’t Really Believe
Language about community strengths and assets is present in nearly every grant proposal, statement of purpose and presentation related to university-community engagement: “We will build on the strengths and assets of the community.” And yet, in the implementation of our engagement efforts, the community’s assets are more an afterthought than the substance of the work. The dominant framework for engagement continues to view the community as deficient and in need of fixing, and residents as clients rather than producers. Byron White will address why our rhetoric and convictions so often fall short of our practice, and what can we do to walk our talk.
Presenter: Byron P. White, Vice President for University Engagement, Cleveland State University (Ohio)

To learn more about Byron White, read this article from the CSU student newspaper, The Cauldron.

Register for the conference here.

Ami Dar, Founder of to give Opening Keynote at #ADP12

Ami Dar

Ami Dar is the founder and executive director of Ami was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Peru and in Mexico, and lives in New York.

The 2012 ADP/TDC national meeting, “Civic Engagement 2.0: Re-Imagining, Strengthening and Deepening Our Civic Work will open with a plenary session featuring Ami Dar. In a talk entitled “Closing the Gap Between Intention and Action,” Ami Dar will explore with participants ways in which we can build a global network that will help people everywhere take action on any issue that concerns them, locally or globally, online and in person.

Built in 1995 with $3,500, Ami launched in order to make getting involved in social action easier than ever. was designed to connect social action agencies to would-be citizen activists, linking like-minded individuals to one another and generating a critical mass of interconnected citizen sector organizations and people. Idealist has become one of the most popular nonprofit resources on the web, with information provided by 70,000 organizations around the world and 100,000 visitors every day. The vision of is:

We would like to live in a world where:

  • All people can lead free and dignified lives.
  • Every person who wants to help another has the ability to do so.
  • No opportunities for action or collaboration are missed or wasted.

Their work is guided by the common desire of their members and supporters to find practical solutions to social and environmental problems, in a spirit of generosity and mutual respect.

To learn more about Ami Dar and Idealist, check out this “flip” chat on Philantopic here. You can also read an interview of Ami Dar here.

Follow Ami Dar on Twitter.

Register for the conference here.


Campus Spotlight: University of Central Oklahoma

American Democracy Project founder George Mehaffy, Vice President for Academic Leadership and Change at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) is visiting the University of Central Oklahoma this week. Mehaffy will be participating in UCO’s ADP Civic Engagement Conference, part of a week of activities celebrating the inauguration of UCO’s 20th President, Don Betz.

Mehaffy will give a keynote address, “The Citizenship Imperative of the 21st Century” on Wednesday. Since 2003, ADP has nurtured a variety of national and local civic engagement projects and initiatives across the United States. President Betz was one of the founding members of the Steering Committee that guided the development of ADP, and the University of Central Oklahoma played a key role as a charter member of ADP and host to the first regional conference in 2004. Now as we near the 10th anniversary of ADP, George Mehaffy will look back at the most prominent accomplishments of the project and the lessons learned, as well as the challenging road that lies ahead.

The ADP’s first regional conference took place at UCO in 2004, with then-Provost Betz representing Central among more than 100 chief academic officers in attendance.

For more information, go here.

For a schedule of events, go here.


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