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Thursday, October 5

Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center UCEN 258

Pre-Conference Session

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.

Presented by:

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

Opening Reception
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

Panel Discussion
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

11:00-11:15 a.m.

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

How is Service Learning and Community-Based Learning Promoting Civic Engagement throughout Higher Education?
UCEN 206

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?
UCEN 205

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
UCEN 207

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
Net Impact

Keynote & Lunch
12:15-1:30 p.m., UCEN 258

Keynote Introduction
Keetha Mills
CEO and President
Foundation for California Community Colleges

Keynote Speaker
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 EducationEducating Citizens: Preparing America’s Undergraduates for Lives of Moral and Civic Responsibility, and Educating for Democracy: Preparing Undergraduates for Lives of Responsible Political Engagement.

Panel Discussion

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

Concluding Comments
3:00-3:15 p.m.