Thursday, October 5
Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center UCEN 258
Democracy’s Colleges, Democracy’s Students: Civic Engagement and the Community College
2:00-5:00 p.m., UCEN 258
This Pre-Conference will provide an interactive discussion on civic engagement and the community college. We will define civic engagement and the importance of it as well as discuss the unique challenges and opportunities of civically engaging community college students. Additionally, this workshop will introduce a theory of The Democracy Commitment’s co-founder, Bernie Ronan, and his method of creating student citizens. In this session, we will also explore ways to have students undergo a self-reflective journey into their own citizenship in an engaging and interactive manner.
Brian Murphy, Ph.D. President of De Anza College and Co-founder of The Democracy Commitment
Verdis L. Robinson, M.A. National Director of The Democracy Commitment and Public Scholar for New York Humanities
A celebration of the inaugural California Community Colleges Civic Engagement Summit
5:30-7:00 p.m., UCEN Lobby
Steven Zimmer, J.D.
President, College of the Canyons Board of Trustees
Manuel Baca, Ph.D.
Professor, Political Science Department (Emeritus), Rio Hondo College
Vice President, Mt. San Antonio Board of Trustees
Vice Chair of the Board, Foundation for California Community Colleges
Arnoldo Avalos, M.A.
Board of Directors Member, Foundation for California Community Colleges
Board of Governors Member, California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office
Friday, October 6
Registration and Breakfast
8:00-9:00 a.m., UCEN
9:00 a.m., UCEN 258
Barry Gribbons, Ph.D.
Deputy Chancellor, College of the Canyons
Opening Keynote | Why a Civic Engagement Summit?
9:00-9:45 a.m., UCEN 258
Brian Murphy, Ph.D.
President, De Anza College; Co-founder, The Democracy Commitment
9:45-11:00 a.m., UCEN 258
Civic Engagement and the Crucible Moment in Higher Education: Why Now? Why Us?
The publication of A Crucible Moment (2012) has resulted in a renewed interest to address the “civic decline” currently affecting U.S. society. If change is going to occur, higher education must play a major role in creating our next generation of engaged citizenry.
Brian Murphy, Ph.D. President, De Anza College; Co-founder, The Democracy Commitment
Chris Carson, M.A. President, League of Women Voters of the United States
Ashley Finley, Ph.D. Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs & Dean of the Dominican Experience and Senior Fellow, AAC&U, Dominican University of California
Verdis L. Robinson, M.A. National Director, The Democracy Commitment; Public Scholar for New York Humanities
Bruce Fortine, Director, Civic Engagement Signal Corporation
Jason Schaff, Vice President and Editor, The Signal
James de Bree, Contributing Columnist, The Signal
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
How is Service Learning and Community-Based Learning Promoting Civic Engagement throughout Higher Education?
Service Learning and Community-Based Learning remain at the forefront of providing the pedagogical tool to engage campus and community in acts of civic engagement through experiential learning. Learn how theory and practice join together through reflection to make abstract concepts come alive, resulting in greater student success and retention.
Hoover Zariani, M.A. Program Manager, Multicultural & Community Engagement Center, Glendale Community College
Jaye Houston, Ph.D. Coordinator of Community Service, University of La Verne
Michael Millar, D.M.A. Director, Center for Community Engagement, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
What are Community Colleges Doing to Foster a “Civic” Ethos?
Increasing numbers of California’s community colleges are actively working to address issues of civic engagement on their campuses. The diversity of accomplishments is impressive and ranges from initiatives to institutes, to classes, certificates, and degrees. Consider how your campus can begin its own “civic engagement movement.”
Cynthia Kaufman. Ph.D. Professor, Philosophy Department; Director, Vasconcellos Institute for Democracy in Action, De Anza College
Shelia Balque,M.A. Los Angeles Co-Coordinator, Community Learning Partnership; Program Coordinator of Student Services for Los Angeles Community Organizing Academy, Los Angeles Trade Technical College
Cynthia Reiss, Ph.D. Professor, Art Department & Chair, Global Citizenship Committee, West Valley College
Patty Robinson, Ph.D. Professor, Sociology Department; Faculty Director, Civic and Community Engagement Initiatives; Co-Chair, COC Civic Engagement Steering Committee, College of the Canyons
Richard Tahvildaran-Jesswein, Ph.D. Co-Director, Founding Associate Director, Public Policy Institute, Santa Monica College
Shari Davis, M.A. Santa Monica College, Co-Director, Public Policy Institute, Santa Monica College
Civic Engagement Opportunities for Community Colleges
Opportunities for community colleges to get involved in civic engagement through state and national organizations and associations are great. Learn how to make civic engagement happen on your campus!
The Democracy Commitment
Bringing Theory to Practice
Civic Impact Project
Keynote & Lunch
12:15-1:30 p.m., UCEN 258
CEO and President
Foundation for California Community Colleges
Thomas Ehrlich, J.D.
One of the premiere voices in the field of civic engagement, Ehrlich teaches at the Stanford University Graduate School of Education. Previously, he served as president of Indiana University, provost of the University of Pennsylvania, and dean of Stanford Law School. From 2000 to 2010, he was a Senior Scholar at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. He is the author, co-author, or editor of 14 books, including: Preparing Undergraduates for Business: Liberal Learning for Professional Education, Educating Citizens: Preparing America’s Undergraduates for Lives of Moral and Civic Responsibility, and Educating for Democracy: Preparing Undergraduates for Lives of Responsible Political Engagement.
From Classroom to Campus to Community: Best Practices for Embedding Civic Engagement
1:45-3:00 p.m., UCEN 258
Civic engagement is neither a concept restricted to specific disciplines nor a practice limited to certain faculty. In order to develop a “civic-mindset,” campus and community members must recognize ways to encourage awareness of issues, as well as strategies to foster active participation for social change. Learn how to “embed” civic engagement throughout the campus milieu, especially through discourse and dialogue of “hard hitting” topics.
Mindy Romero, Ph.D. Director, California Civic Engagement Project, UC Davis Center for Regional Change
Cecilia Rios-Aguilar, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Department of Education; Director, Higher Education Research Institute, UCLA
College of the Canyons, Civic Engagement Steering Committee Members:
Tammera Stokes Rice, Chair, Communication Studies Department
Ali Naddafpour, Business Department
Lisa Malley, Chair, Anthropology Department
Nick Hernandez, Political Science Department
Katie Coleman, Chair, Sociology Department