Developing Civic Leaders
October 18, 2013, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (registration open at 9:00 a.m.)
Normandale Community College, Bloomington, MN
Join both educators and students for an engaging day on key goals, strategies, and dilemmas regarding civic leadership development. Hear from some of the outstanding leaders interviewed for CLIO (the Civic Leadership Institute Online), civic educators, and student leaders on the issues that matter most to them. Participate in sessions addressing both powerful questions and practical ideas.
9:30-10:20 Welcome and opening plenary
- MNCC staff, on CLIO (the Civic Leadership Institute Online)
- Juve Meza, NAVIGATE MN, on supporting students who might not be seen as the most likely civic leaders
- Kandace Creel Falcón, Minnesota State University Moorhead, on meaningful connections – knowing ourselves to engage with others
- Jamie Millard, Pollen, on building community engagement online
- Patti Tototzintle, Casa de Esperanza, on sustaining onself when change takes time
10:30-11:30 Breakout discussions with the plenary speakers
11:45-12:15 Networking time
1:15-2:15 Breakout sessions
Fishbowl with students from multiple institutions reflecting on the issues that matter most to them and the factors influencing their civic engagement and leadership
Best Practices for Supporting Student Leaders, Megan Voorhees (until recently the Director of the University of California Berkeley Center for Public Service): All leaders need professional development opportunities, mentorship, and a strong peer network. In this interactive session, you will learn about and share best practices for supporting students in becoming great leaders and you will leave with a sample training plan, position descriptions, evaluation template, and other tools.
Moving Towards Social Justice, Jay Newcomb (Service Learning Director at the College of St. Scholastica): Getting students to move beyond service and reflect on the systemic causes of suffering and injustice takes intentional design. This session will illustrate the strategies and programs the College of St. Scholastica uses in its service-learning programs and Center for Just Living to promote social justice awareness and actions. Jay Newcomb will lay out the principles for designing student engagement that includes social justice issues. Alumni of the college will share their experiences during college and the impact it has had on their lives beyond college.
Students Mentoring Students to Engage Communities in Deliberative Dialogues, Kara Lindaman (Associate Professor of Political Science and American Democracy Project Director, Winona State University) and students: Through the American Democracy Project at Winona State University, students are encouraged to become civic leaders on campus and in the community. In this session, students from Winona State University and Winona Senior High School will present their experiences regarding deliberative and democratic forums on the shared issue of public education—then discuss with participants the goals and questions they want to raise about civic dialogue, building bridges across educational institutions, and so on.
Discovering and Nurturing Yourself as a Leader, Ronnie Brooks (Founding Director of the James P. Shannon Leadership Institute): This interactive session will focus on helping participants get clearer about what they mean by leadership and what they can do to nurture and develop themselves as leaders and build the courage and commitment needed to act courageously and effectively for the things in which they believe.
2:30-3:30 Breakout sessions
Sustaining and Utilizing Assessment of Service and Community Engagement, Dave Newell (Assistant Director for Community-Based Service and Learning, Center for Servant Leadership, Gustavus Adolphus College) and students, This session will explore strategies for sustaining and implementing comprehensive and effective assessment tools to measure the impact of service on both students and community. This session will be largely discussion based, leaving space for participants to share best practices and learn from other practitioners in the field. Participants will leave this session with new ideas and strategies for approaching assessment of service and community engagement.
Power Mapping: A Tool for Reflection, Relationship Building and Project Success, Laura Dammer Hess and Katie Peacock (Community Engagement Scholars Program Coordinator and Service-Learning Coordinator in the Community Service-Learning Center at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities): Creating change for the public good requires identifying and engaging as many stakeholders as possible. In the capstone course for the University of Minnesota’s Community Engagement Scholars Program, students create “power maps” that depict the interest and influence of, and relationships between, the various stakeholders in their capstone projects. Rather than just sharing a sample assignment, we will engage participants in this session in creating a power map around our shared work of fostering students’ civic development on our campuses.
Leading Toward Inclusion, Chelle Lyons Hanson (Student Leadership and Service, Concordia College), What does it mean to be included in a group- to be among those who have power and privilege? Or, how does it feel to be excluded? We all have experiences when we’ve felt either included or excluded- feeling included helps us feel powerful and able to have an impact on the world while feeling excluded often makes us feel powerless and unable to make a difference. Feeling marginalized can be even more painful than being excluded. This session will consider how power and privilege contribute to people feeling marginalized and we’ll examine who are the marginalized groups that surround you? What can happen if we are intentional about fully engaging all the people around us as leaders and tapping into their potential?
With questions about this event, please contact Julie Plaut at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-436-2081.