Published June 24, 2015
SUNY Cortland, one of 30 campuses participating in our ADP/TDC Economic Inequality Initiative, is launching a monthly series of lunchtime talks addressing issues of economic inequality beginning Tuesday, June 23.
Distinguished Service Professor of Sociology/Anthropology Craig Little will present “Pathways to Opportunity in Cortland County: A Presentation and Conversation” at noon in Room 203 of Main Street SUNY Cortland, located at 9 Main St. in downtown Cortland. His talk will focus on where Cortland County stands relative to other New York State counties in terms of inequality and opportunities for its citizens, especially young people.
The lunchtime series, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the SUNY Cortland Pathways to Opportunity Initiative group. The goal of the initiative is to bring together the area’s campus and community members to study the relationships between economic inequality, public policy, business opportunity, social mobility and civic engagement. Members discuss issues that include student loan debt, a livable hourly wage, and poverty.
Additional talks are slated for noon on select Tuesdays throughout the summer. Talks will continue to be scheduled monthly and updates will be provided.
For more information: http://www2.cortland.edu/news/detail.dot?id=19427bbd-2635-4240-b692-ac0963d9a588
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has reopened the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service grant competition. The competition has been reopened in order to allow applicants to act as pass-through entities. Pass-through entities must select sub-recipients on a competitive basis through a sub-grant. Acting as a pass-through entity (sub-awarding) is not required.The new application deadline is Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
All modifications to the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service grant competition are highlighted in yellow within the Notice of Federal Funding Availability (Notice). Please review the Notice carefully and take note of the changes: http://go.usa.gov/3PUR3
For applicants that have already submitted a grant application, you can request to have your application returned to you by sending an email to MLKGrants@cns.gov. Please include your Application ID Number and the Legal Applicant Name in your request. In cases where your application is returned to you for additional work, all applicants are still required to adhere to the new deadline of Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
Visit NationalService.gov/MLKNOFA to access technical assistance including upcoming assistance calls, and contact information for questions specific to these funding opportunities.
Published June 15, 2015
In his June 15, 2015 op-ed “Regrowing Democracy–The Role of Higher Education,” Harry Boyte calls on higher education to reassert itself as a space for fostering “skills of a democratic way of life” and for tying “work with public purposes” not just with job preparation. He suggests that higher education’s “democracy mission has eroded as an “Ivory Tower” culture has taken hold.”
Yet he also indicates that “stirrings of a movement to renew higher education’s democracy purpose are appearing, tied to educating for work for the common good, colleges that are part of the life of communities, and a revitalized vision of democracy as a way of life.” He offers as an example the work of Chancellor Nancy Cantor of Rutgers University-Newark (N.J.). She calls for colleges and “universities to be citizens of a place, not on the side lines studying it.” Her opening plenary at our recent 2015 ADP/TDC/NASPA Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting” underscored this call and provided a lens and jumping-off point for participating colleges and universities to explore their own contributions to “regrowing democracy.”
Does the Age of a Presidential Candidate Matter to Young Voters?
As more contenders enter the next presidential race, CIRCLE continues looking ahead to 2016 and exploring the role that youth will play in that election. With candidates ranging in age from 43 (Marco Rubio) to 73 (Bernie Sanders) already among the declared aspirants, we explored an oft-asked question: do young people prefer to vote for younger candidates?
The answer is, largely, no. In 2008, less than 20% of young voters (ages 18-29) said that age was an important factor, and very few reported that it was “the single most important factor” in deciding their vote: only 6% of young Democrats and 4% of Republicans. While youth have voted for the younger of the presidential candidates in a majority of recent elections, those younger candidates have also generally been Democrats, which means the age of candidates is tied to other factors.
America’s Civic Renewal Movement: Implications for Youth Engagement
Last month, Tisch College—the home of CIRCLE—released “America’s Civic Renewal Movement: The View from Organizational Leaders,” a report by former CIRCLE Director Peter Levine and Eric Liu, founder and CEO of Citizen University. The report is the product of interviews with 20 leaders from large, national civic engagement organizations who discussed the state of the field and broader strategies for civic renewal.
While the interviews did not focus on youth, its findings are highly relevant to youth engagement. Young people are developing their civic identities when there is not yet a robust network for civic renewal, and several interviewees lamented the lack of youth in formal settings, such as facilitating conversations.