The 2016 Upper Midwest Civic Engagement Summit will be held May 31 and June 1, 2016, at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa.
UMCES invites session proposals related to this year’s conference theme: Beyond Service: Education, Research, and Work for a Just World. Campus Compact’s 30th Anniversary Action Statement calls on higher education leaders to “harness the capacity of our institutions – through research, teaching, partnerships, and institutional practice – to challenge the prevailing social and economic inequalities that threaten our democratic future.”
How can colleges and universities integrate this work more deeply into their core missions and operations, rather than marginalizing it as service? How can we best “prepare our students for lives of engaged citizenship, with the motivation and capacity to deliberate, act, and lead in pursuit of the public good” — not only in their spare time, but throughout their personal and professional lives?
Proposals are due February 12, 2016 for two-hour deep dive sessions, one-hour breakouts, and 15-minute mini-sessions. Faculty, staff, and student and community leaders are welcome to share research findings, program models, and new ideas or facilitate discussion on pressing issues. More details and the online submission form are available at http://www.midwestengagementsummit.org/proposals.html.