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November 1, 2012
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Michelle Hargrave | Director, Office of Civic Engagement | 218 726-7125 |

UMD Holds "Shaping Our Future" Event on Higher Ed and Society

Duluth — The University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) Office of Civic Engagement will hold a community dialogue event, "Shaping Our Future: How Should Higher Education Help Us Create the Society We Want?" from 6:30 to 9 pm on Thursday, November 15, 2012 in Griggs Center. The event is 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.

Participation is free, but an RSVP is requested. Participant capacity is 100 people. For information 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.

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