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Alex Johnson & Alyssa Peoples  
Alex Johnson (l) and Alyssa Peoples(r) are Americorps volunteers working with the Office of Civic Engagement. “It’s important for students to meet with the people who are representing them in the community," said Peoples, who will participate in the event. Johnson agreed. “The session will give people a lot of ideas about making change," he said.
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Shaping Our Future: How Should Higher Education Help Us Create the Society We Want?
Thursday, November 15, 2012
6:30 to 9 pm
Griggs Center
Hosted by UMD Office of Civic Engagement (OCE)
Facilitated by Minnesota Campus Compact

This dialogue will invite campus and community members to consider different perspectives on the public purposes of higher education—advancing economic competitiveness, offering individual opportunity, and preparing people to work together to solve problems—and to identify common ground and priorities for action locally.

Minnesota is the first state to hold this kind of series. UMD's Office of Civic Engagement and Minnesota Campus Compact will work with key stakeholders on follow up on ideas that emerge. The goal is not only to foster new kinds of civic dialogue, but also to increase public awareness and support for civic work.

Alyssa Peoples, Americorps volunteer and the OCE community health program coordinator helped plan a moderator event in October that brought community members, faculty members, and students together for a pre-conversation about the Shaping Our Future session. “We heard many opinions on many topics. It was great,” said Peoples. "There are many different viewpoints about higher education."

“Ultimately we want people to start thinking," Peoples said. "The session will give people a lot of ideas about making change. The ultimate goal of the event is for people to take action.”

Alex Johnson, Americorps volunteer and the OCE community involvement coordinator said, “It’s important for students to meet with the people who are representing them in the community. It gives students an opportunity to understand what is going on in the community and what they would like to see to make it better.

Participation is free, but an RSVP is requested. Participant capacity is 100 people. Register now. For info contact

Partners in this initiative include the American Commonwealth Partnership, the Blandin Foundation, the Kettering Foundation/ National Issues Forums Institute, Public Agenda, and the Travelers Foundation.

About Campus Compact
Campus Compact is a national coalition of almost 1,200 college and university presidents—representing some 6 million students—who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education. It is the only national higher education association dedicated solely to campus-based civic engagement.

Written by Cheryl Reitan and Korin Olgaard, November 2012

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