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Press Release: UMass Dartmouth Civic Engagement Summit May 6

UMass Dartmouth Civic Engagement Summit May 6

Program will include sessions for adults and youth

Author:  John Hoey
Date:  May 4, 2009
Department:   School of Education, Public Policy & Civic Engagement
Harvard University Professor Tom Sander will the featured speaker at the inaugural UMass Dartmouth Civic Engagement Summit on Wednesday, May 6, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Woodland Commons, UMass Dartmouth. The first session will feature discussions for government, non-profit and educational leaders. The second session is designed for youth and will feature examples of community service projects designed by college students and middle school students.

The event will be held just a couple of weeks after President Obama signed into law the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act and called on "every American to make an enduring commitment to serving your community and your country in whatever way you can." Service learning and civic engagement are key components of the UMass Dartmouth strategic plan.

The goal of the event is to increase the social capital in the region through a deepening commitment to civic engagement. The summit is geared toward civic leaders, school administrators, service learning coordinators, faculty, students, youth organizers, elected officials and anyone with an interest in developing community. It is sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement and the School of Education, Public Policy and Civic Engagement.

"This summit provides a wonderful opportunity for community leaders to share meaningful ideas and form partnerships that will ultimately benefit the people and communities of the SouthCoast," said Chancellor Jean F. MacCormack.

"Our region has both serious challenges and phenomenal potential," said Assistant Provost and Director of the Center for Civic Engagement Matthew H. Roy. "The summit presents an opportunity to leverage that potential by developing relationships and specific strategies to create sustainable positive change."

Attendees will learn how to build social capital, attract and retain volunteers and use service learning. "The depth and breadth of the knowledge base of people who will be in the room is nothing short of breathtaking," Roy said.

Cost is $25 for general admission and free for students with a valid ID. Lunch will be provided. Space is limited. To register online, visit www.umassd.edu/engage/cce. For more information, contact Matthew Roy at mroy@umassd.edu.





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