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Civic Engagement Committee (CEC)

The Civic Engagement Committee (CEC) supports Reed community members in active engagement with issues of civic import within the curriculum, campus, and broader community. In particular, the CEC seeks to support civically engaged initiatives by faculty and students, and facilitates Reed’s involvement with Project Pericles, a national consortium of colleges and universities that promotes commitments by institutions to include social responsibility and participatory citizenship within their curricula and to empower students as effective advocates and leaders.

On the Road Workshop Students

Students on their way to D4D On the Road Workshop, from left to right: Claire Jellison '20, Purna Post-Leon '20, Nick Egan '19, Kwani Marcellay '20, Maya Arigala '20, Saga Darnell '20, Miyaki Kimba '20, Sonya Morud '19, Leilani Ganser '19. 

CCE News

  • The 2018 D4D Letter Writing Competition deadlines have been announced! Write to an elected official on an issue you care about, with a chance for a $500 award for your cause. Submission Deadline: March 1st. Attend Paideia Info Session for more info -- Thursday, January 18th, 1-2pm in Vollum 116.
  • We are thrilled to announce that faculty member Victoria Fortuna, Assistant Professor of Dance, has been selected to participate in the Periclean Faculty Leadership (PFL) Program™! Through this program, Professor Fortuna will teach a community-based learning course titled “Community Dance and Collective Creation” during the Fall 2017 semester. Read more about her work here!

  • On March 30th, 2017, two Reed students traveled to New York City as selected finalists for the 2017 D4D National Conference hosted by Eugene Lang College at The New School for Liberal Arts. They joined the lead authors of the four other national finalist letters to present their public policy recommendations at a legislative hearing with current and former government officials.

Project Pericles Overview

In 2016, Reed joined Project Pericles, “a not-for-profit organization that encourages and facilitates commitments by colleges and universities to include social responsibility and participatory citizenship as essential elements of their educational programs.”

The Civic Engagement Committee is thrilled to be engaged with a number of Project Pericles programs, including Debating for Democracy (D4D) and the Periclean Leadership Faculty (PLF) Program.

Debating for Democracy (D4D)

“Debating for Democracy (D4D)™ ...promotes civic engagement and effective advocacy skills among a wide range of students. Through D4D on the Road™ workshops hosted on Periclean campuses, the D4D National Conference in New York City, the D4D Letters to an Elected Official Competition, and co-curricular programs on each campus, students acquire the tools and tactics they need to advance their issues and to get their messages across to elected officials, fellow students, community groups, and the media.”                                 -Project Pericles Website

Interested in: Making a positive impact? Bettering the world? Funding your cause?

Please join us for:

  • Paideia Info Session: Thursday, January 18th, 1-2pm
  • Advocacy Workshop: Saturday, February 10th, 10am-4pm (A day-long workshop on effective advocacy. See below for more info.)
  • D4D Letter Writing Competition–$500 award: Thursday, March 1st (Write to an elected official on an issue you care about, with a chance for a $500 award for your cause. Attend Paideia Info Session for more info.) 

D4D On the Road Workshops

“The D4D on the Road™ workshops hosted at Periclean colleges and universities provide training in leadership development, media strategy, coalition building, and effective messaging….Using our carefully designed model, advocacy experts empower students, faculty, staff, and community members to advance their particular issue or cause. Participants learn advocacy skills that can be applied to a variety of issues and situations, including stakeholder identification, pending legislation analysis, and strategic planning. Participants identify new strategies for making change, practice developing and delivering an effective advocacy message, and build relationships to support and sustain their work.” -Project Pericles Website

Reed will host a D4D On the Road Workshop on Saturday, February 10, 2018! Please register here via Eventbrite: https://reed-d4d-road-2017-18.eventbrite.com.

Event poster:

D4D on the road workshop poster

The workshop will focus on three issue areas selected by the participant campuses: Racial Equity, Immigration, and Mass Incarceration. Through small group exercises with trainer feedback, the daylong session takes students from researching a problem to analyzing solutions, developing strategy, building people power and meeting effectively with decision-makers. Participants will leave with concrete tools, which they can put to use in a wide variety of public policy settings and efforts. 

Periclean Faculty Leadership (PFL) Program 

We are thrilled to announce that faculty member Victoria Fortuna, Assistant Professor of Dance, has been selected to participate in the Periclean Faculty Leadership (PFL) Program™! Through this program, Professor Fortuna will teach a community-based learning course titled “Community Dance and Collective Creation.” 

As a Periclean Leader, Professor Fortuna will work with Project Pericles and Reed faculty, administrators, and students to champion civil dialogue, civic engagement, and social responsibility in the classroom, on the campus, and in the community.

PFL History

The PFL Program was first launched in 2010 with support from The Teagle Foundation. This second round builds upon the work carried out under the initial program. Periclean Faculty Leaders from the initial program will serve as peer mentors to new PFLs. Insights and best practices from the initial PFL Program  are discussed in the white paper, The Periclean Diamond: Linking College, Campuses, Communities, and Colleagues via Social and Civic High Engagement Learning by Ben Berger, Associate Professor of Political Science and Periclean Faculty Leader at Swarthmore College, and Jan R. Liss, Executive Director of Project Pericles.

2017-2018 PFL Program

Faculty members from 13 colleges and universities were chosen as Periclean Faculty Leaders and will create new courses across the curriculum; promote civil dialogue locally through lectures, town hall meetings, and public events; and advance public scholarship nationally and internationally through publications and conference presentations.

They will champion civil discourse and social responsibility in the classroom, on the campus, and in the community. Project Pericles is pleased to have a diverse group of professors from a wide range of disciplines including Archaeology and Classical Studies, Computer Science, Dance, Environmental Studies, Mathematics, Philosophy, Sociology, and Theatre.

Through courses that utilize high impact learning strategies and address current economic, environmental, health, and income inequality, among other social issues, frequently working with the community, students gain an understanding of how they can use their knowledge and skills to improve their communities. Professors and community members model civil discourse, as stakeholders, to address pressing issues. Students gain experience working as part of a team with community members.

Student engagement with real world issues supports academic excellence. By utilizing liberal arts knowledge and mobilizing it towards issues of civic and social concern, these courses promote a particular type of “High Engagement Learning.”   

PFL Funding

Project Pericles will provide an award of $2,000 per campus with campuses providing matching funds. The awards support civil dialogue and civic engagement activities at the member institution.

CCE members

Reed Faculty Member, Carla Mann  Reed Faculty Member, Sonia Sabnis SEEDS* Program Manager, Tara Sonali Miller *SEEDS: Students for Education, Empowerment, and Direct Service

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Tara Sonali Miller
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