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ADP in the News is a compilation of brief updates about American Democracy Project (ADP) activities at participating colleges and universities and is a semi-regular news feature on our blog. Below you will find the latest edition of this series.
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SUNY Cortland Appoints New Director of Institute for Civic Engagement
Mary McGuire, an assistant professor of political science, will serve as the new director of Cortland’s Institute for Civic Engagement. She takes over for Richard Kendrick, who retired after 25 years of service. Kendrick led the institute as director since helping found it 12 years ago. Cortland’s ADP is housed in the institute. Read more here.
Georgia College Holds Milledgeville, Ga. Mayoral Candidate Forum
The Georgia College American Democracy Project sponsored a student-facilitated forum on June 11th with the three mayoral candidates. Questions were solicited from local citizens via social media and at a question booth prior to the event. A candidate meet-and-great was held following the forum. Read more here and here.
Lander University (S.C.) Announces Campus 2015 American Democracy Project (ADP) Student Organization of the Year for Civic Engagement Award
Lander University’s American Democracy Project Student Organization of the Year for Civic Engagement award was presented at their annual Student Life Awards Ceremony. The award was presented to Zeta Tau Alpha for fundraising to benefit charitable causes, donating school supplies and performing more than 700 hours of volunteer service to several organizations. Read more here.
RIC American Democracy Project Examines African Americans and Politics in America
Six leading figures in the state of Rhode Island’s African American community held a panel discussion on “African Americans and Politics: Challenges and Opportunities,” hosted by the American Democracy Project at Rhode Island College (RIC) and co-sponsored by the RIC Unity Center and the Dialogue on Diversity Committee. The panel was moderated by former R.I. Rep. and Deputy Secretary of State Ray Rickman. RIC ADP coordinator and professor of political communication Valerie Endress indicated, “Because the struggle for equality continues, this is an examination that is long overdue and an important discussion to have nationally and in Rhode Island.” Read more here.
The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) is pleased to present Partnering for Prosperity: Advancing the Institutional and State Agenda Through an Effective Collegiate State Relations Program. The report reflects AASCU’s longstanding efforts in fostering optimal state relations and state policy enabling America’s public colleges and universities to fully serve the public good.
A product of the AASCU Task Force on Making Public Higher Education a State Priority, this guidebook builds on the task force’s previous work, Creating a New Compact Between States and Public Higher Education. It was further informed by experienced higher education state relations leaders.
The report calls on system and institutional leaders to redouble their efforts to create and sustain a robust, mutually-beneficial working relationship with state government leaders, as well as the wide array of constituencies vital to an effective collegiate state relations program. It serves as a “how-to” manual for presidents and chancellors and will prove to be an especially helpful resource for those charged with carrying out governmental and external relations, and public affairs responsibilities.
The report’s contents include:
- The “what” and “why” of state relations
- State relations in the contemporary context
- System and campus leadership in advancing a state relations agenda
- Building networks to link and mobilize key constituencies
- Elements to consider in creating a state relations program
- Six critical functions of an effective collegiate state relations program
- Four steps to institutionalizing a state relations program
Partnering for Prosperity can serve as a valued resource in our collective efforts to further strengthen the capacity of state colleges and universities—in partnership with state government—to serve students, employers, communities and states.
For more information on Partnering for Prosperity, contact Thomas Harnisch, AASCU director of state relations and policy analysis, firstname.lastname@example.org / 202.478.4660.
This blog post includes excerpts from a recent Indiana State University news release. You’ll find the full release here: http://www.indstate.edu/news/news.php?newsid=4402.
Ten years ago, John Conant, chair of the economics department and the course instructor, and former Indiana State biology department chair Charles Amlaner designed the summer Yellowstone experience after participating in the Stewardship of Public Lands Program as part of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ American Democracy Project, a program that teaches faculty how to promote good citizenship and advocacy.
“We decided we could take secondary teachers to look at the science, policymaking process and economic factors that lead to public policy,” Conant said. “We wanted to show them how to take passionately held beliefs and create policy.”
This year, instead of teachers, the course was geared toward currently enrolled Indiana State students, Conant said, “to let our students see that the issues in Yellowstone are not all black and white.”
“I learned the importance of thoroughly examining an issue from all perspectives, and I realized how important it is to be politically involved,” she [Carter] said. “I really need to do a better job at paying attention to local politics – not just national politics. The best way to make change nationally is to start locally.”
It was an experience that put students at the center of Yellowstone’s “complex, interrelated system,” where [John] Conant said issues of wildlife, environment, politics and advocacy often come to a head.
“Yellowstone is an incredible, beautiful and fascinating lab in which everything clashes and you can see it all more clearly there,” he said. “The social science students can see how complex the science stuff is and a science student can see that it’s not just a research paper being published that gets things done, but it takes a whole process to make change happen.”
Read the full story here: http://www.indstate.edu/news/news.php?newsid=4402
By Vivian Agnew, Student Co-Coordinator, Fort Hays State University ADP
On Tuesday, March 24th, the FHSU ADP hosted an election forum for City Commission and the USD 489 Board of Education. Planning for the forum began in October of the previous semester.
We invited the Fort Hays State Department of Political Science, College of Education and Technology, Student Government Association, as well as our community partners the Hays Chamber of Commerce to assist us in those early planning stages and to eventually help us to directly facilitate the forum. We also worked with the local internet provider, Eagle Communications, to live stream the event and to tape it to play on one of our local news channels.
Our moderators, Dr. Larry Gould a Political Science Professor, and Dr. Deborah Ludwig, Director of Forsyth Library at FHSU, joined us later in the following semester to help us tweak scripts and comb through the questions we’d been collecting from students and community members through our weekly Tiger Talkback initiative, and tabling in our student union.
Our Tiger Talkback is a question concerning current political events at local, state, or national levels, posted to our Twitter and in the student union on campus; students can respond to the question is a public way, which we hope prompts Civic Engagement by a way of discussion and greater interest in the issue as a whole. We asked students what kind of questions they’d ask of the City Commission and BOE, and got some really great responses. In all of our advertising materials we also including an email address that Eagle Communications helped us set up, so that community members could also ask questions.
About a week before the forum we collected all the questions (there were quite a few of them) and went through them to see what kinds of things our community wanted us to ask the candidates for each race. It took a lot of planning, but the event was a huge success. Student participation wasn’t super high, but the larger Hays community came accounted for a huge majority of the audience.
Patrick Lowry, the head news editor of Hays Daily News commented, “That was the largest attendance at a forum that I have seen in years.” Morgan Lawrence – my co-coordinator – and I were really pleased with the event; all of our hard work resulted in a forum that was informative and engaging, and helped to promote Civic Engagement on campus and in the city of Hays, Kansas. If you are interested in watching our forum, click on this link to a recorded version: http://www.hayspost.com/2015/03/25/hays-cityusd-489-candidate-forum-watch-replay/.