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Higher ed's role in civic engagement – do you have a suggestion for U.S. Dept of Ed?

I’m heading down to DC for a small meeting of civic leaders at the Department of Education run by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U).  We’ll be helping advice the U.S. Department of Education on how to increase higher education’s leadership in promoting civic learning and democratic engagement.  Very exciting!

If this topic interests you, be sure to look over the articles in the recent Journal for Public Deliberation issue on deliberative democracy and higher ed posted at http://services.bepress.com/jpd/vol6/iss1/ — especially Nancy Thomas’ article Why It Is Imperative To Strengthen American Democracy Through Study, Dialogue and Change In Higher Education.

If you’re doing some exciting work in the higher ed realm that you don’t think the leaders of organizations like AAC&U, National Council for the Social Studies, Campus Compact, Everyday Democracy, etc. are aware of, feel free to send me an email (sandy@thataway.org) or facebook message about what you’re doing and why you think it’s relevant for an action plan for federal policy for a stronger role in democratic engagement for colleges and universities.

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Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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