Inaugural Civic Summit Held at Winona State University
We spotted an interesting report over in the news section of the National Issues Forums website shared by Kara Lindaman, an associate professor at Winona State University, featuring a civic summit run at Winona State University in April exploring one of the National Issue Forums upcoming issue books…
On April 19, 2012, Winona State University hosted the inaugural civic summit on the National Issues Forum and American Commonwealth Project Deliberative Dialogue Initiative on Shaping Our Future: How Should Higher Education Help Us Create The Society We Want? The first national conversation using this issue guide was held in honor of WSU’s retiring president, Judith Ramaley, who is a tireless advocate for higher education and its civic mission. President Ramaley serves as a member of the President’s Council for the American Commonwealth Project.
Over 110 participants attended the Civic Summit at Winona State University. Individuals came as high school and college students, university faculty and staff, community members, higher education experts, media editors and journalists, local law enforcement, and businesspersons. It was quite the range of participants and they were mixed in groups with WSU students as trained moderators through the Minnesota Campus Compact moderator training series.
The central issue, the future impact of higher ed on our society, was examined from many directions, but the event also turned out to be a fantastic exploration of cross-generational dialogue.
“At first many of the students, both college and high school, were apprehensive about talking openly with adults. They were not quick to answer the posed questions and often looked to myself or to the three older members of the group after a question was stated. After introductions and finding common ground on themes and experiences, communication was fluid and respectful between all members in my democracy pods.”
– Courtney Juelich, participant
To read the entire report, head on over to the NIF News section.