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Committee for Civic Engagement (CCE)

The Committee for Civic Engagement (CCE) supports Reed community members in active engagement with issues of civic import within the curriculum, campus, and broader community. In particular, the CCE 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 Project Pericles Overview Debating for Democracy (D4D) Periclean Faculty

CCE members 

CCE News

  • 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.

    Two fellow students and CCE member Sonia Sabnis also participated in the conference, which included the hearing, workshops, keynote addresses and panel discussions that introduced leading figures in civic engagement, education, environment, politics, social entrepreneurship, and public policy. Learn more about the D4D letter writing campaign!

D4D Students

Leilani Ganser '19 and Sonya Morud '19

D4D Reed

Pictured from left to right: Constance Berry Newman, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs; Ruth Messinger, former Manhattan Borough President; Martha Kanter, U.S. Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter; Professor Sonia Sabnis; Leilani Fanser '19; Sonya Morud '19; and Jan Liss '74, Project Pericles director and former Reed Board of Trustees member.

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 Committee for Civic Engagement 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)

Stay tuned for the letter writing and project proposal timeline for the 2017-2018 academic year!

“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

Info Sessions

  • Stay tuned for information about Fall 2017 info sessions!

D4D Letters to Elected Official Competition

"The D4D Letter to an Elected Official Competition engages students around public policy issues, the political process, and with their elected officials....Every year, a panel of judges with significant legislative experience select the five winning letters written by teams of students from Periclean campuses. Project Pericles awards prizes to the winning student teams to support their efforts to move their issue forward locally and nationally.” -Project Pericles Website

In the 2016-2017 academic year, Leilani Ganser’s ('19) and Sonya Morud’s ('19) joint letter was among the finalists. “A Letter in Support of the Safe Transfer Act” would require post-secondary institutions to disclose sex offenses on students’ transcripts.  Leilani and Sonya attended the D4D National Conference, presented their issue at the legislative hearing on March 30, 2017, and were cheered on by fellow Reed delegates Maya Arigala ('20), Kwani Marcellay ('20 ), and faculty member Sonia Sabnis. Check out the 2017 D4D National Conference photo gallery!

Leilani and Sonya's $500 award will be used towards organizing a day-long colloquium on Reed's campus, bringing together with students from neighboring campuses for panel discussions and symposia. Topics will include ways of addressing and preventing sexual violence on campus.

D4D National Conference

"At the D4D National Conference, student leaders from Periclean campuses across the country are joined by college presidents, faculty, foundation representatives, government officials, community leaders, and members of the media to participate in a series of panels and workshops with leading experts on topics including: civic engagement, education, the environment, journalism, social entrepreneurship, and public policy." -Project Pericles Website

D4D Presenters

Representatives from Purpose,, Human Rights Watch, and Avaaz Discuss Mobilization and Movements at the National Conference.

D4D On the Road Workshops

This year, on February 25, 2017, we attended our first D4D On the Road, hosted by Nancy Koppelman and John McLain at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. Ten Reed students along with faculty and CCE members Carla Mann and Sonia Sabnis attended the training, led by Anna Marie Trester of the Frameworks Institute.

“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

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” during the Fall 2017 semester.

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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