A Summit on Civic Engagement and Alabama’s Two-Year Colleges
Engaging Alabama Communities Through Two-Year Colleges:
Real Learning, Real Change
Friday, February 8, 2013
Jefferson State Community College Shelby-Hoover Campus
4600 Valleydale Road, Birmingham, AL 35242
This one-day summit is designed to provide a learning exchange among the state’s community colleges on developing beneficial, sustainable, reciprocal relationships between two-year colleges and their communities.
The summit will facilitate a conversation that emphasizes the relationship between the college and the community, examines ideas focused on intentional community outreach, and explores ways to move from episodic acts of service in the community to ongoing, sustainable involvement. Activities to be discussed include:
- incorporating civic education into classroom experiences,
- utilizing service learning pedagogy,
- hosting community forums,
- encouraging participation by faculty, students, and staff in planned civic activities, and
- engaging in community affairs.
Administrators, faculty, students, and community/institutional partners from two-year colleges across Alabama will engage with one another in concurrent workshop sessions and learning exchanges designed to share ideas, experiences, and challenges.
The summit will seek to answer the driving question: “How can we together inspire a strong civic society?” by exploring community colleges’ role in building and maintaining sustainable and reciprocal relationships with their communities.
Featuring Addresses by
Mark Heinrich, PhD
Chancellor, Alabama Community College System
Bernie Ronan, PhD
Organizer, the Democracy Commitment & Associate Vice-Chancellor for Public Affairs, Maricopa Community College
Mary Elizabeth Tyler Boucebci
Community-Based Learning Coordinator, Quality Enhancement Plan, Georgia Perimeter College
and Breakout Sessions Highlighting Best Practices at Alabama’s Two Year Colleges
Sponsored by Alabama Possible – Alabama Poverty Project, Auburn University Outreach, Department of Postsecondary Education, and David Mathews Center for Civic Life. CEUs available.
**Lunch is included**
APP Member Institutions: Ala. DPSE • Ala. St. Univ. • Athens St. Univ. • Auburn Univ. • Auburn Univ. at Montgomery • Birmingham-Southern College • Calhoun St. CC • Faulkner Univ. • Jacksonville State Univ. • Lawson St. CC • NE Ala. CC • Northwest-Shoals CC • Samford Univ. • Spring Hill College • Univ. of Alabama •UAB College of Arts and Sciences • Univ. of Montevallo • Univ. of West Ala.
2012 Lifetime of Learning Conference
Engaging in Dialogues about Power and Privilege in Service to Build Inclusive Communities
Friday, November 2, 2012
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Featuring Interactive Workshops and Conversations with
Associate Professor, Transformative Literacy Program, The City College of New York
President, Holy Family Cristo Rey High School
Courtney Bentley, Ed.D
Associate Professor & Teacher Leadership Coordinator, University of Montevallo
Director, Bunting Center for Engaged Learning, Birmingham-Southern College
and presentations from our partners
Early registration deadline: October 26
$100 Higher Ed Members Faculty and Staff
$125 Higher Ed Non-Members Faculty and Staff
$50 Students, AmeriCorps Volunteers, Community Partners
Breakfast, lunch and plenty of caffeine included
Community Forum on Bullying
What is it? How do we prevent it?
Thursday, October 4
5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Alabama Possible – the Alabama Poverty Project & Children’s Policy Council of Jefferson County
Southside Baptist Church
Join Alabama Possible – The Alabama Poverty Project and the Children’s Policy Council of Jefferson County in an Alabama Issues forum on bullying.
At the open forum, facilitated by The David Matthews Center for Civic Life, citizens will have the opportunity to weigh carefully the attractions, weaknesses, costs, and consequences of different perspectives on productive ways to approach the issue of bullying.
Reducing bullying incidents will require us working together as a community. The consequences of not solving the problem are enormous. While Alabama continues to make progress related to combating bullying, the statistics and stories of bullied students are alarming. Nationwide, 28% of students in grades 6-12 experienced bullying during the 2008-2009 school year according to the 2008-2009 School Crime Supplement, and the National Association of School Psychologists reports that 160,000 young people miss school every day due to fears of being bullied. The educational and public safety effects of ignoring this issue are grave.
“There is no higher office than the office of citizen, and deliberative forums give citizens a chance to talk through what they hold valuable related to an issue,” says Chris McCauley, Executive Director of the David Mathews Center. “Bullying is an issue that can affect schools, communities, and office environments. It’s up to citizens to think through creative, community-based solutions to address the issue.”
**Sandwiches will be provided by Jimmy John’s**
Get your Mother’s Day celebration started early with a Gospel Brunch on Saturday, May 12, at 10 a.m. at Birmingham’s Bottletree Café.
The brunch buffet will include Bottletree menu favorites, fresh juices, iced tea, coffee and soft drinks. A cash bar will also be available.
The Gospel performance will be led by performers from the Alabama Gospel Center, which preserves, promotes and shares Alabama’s rich gospel heritage.
Tickets for APP members are $50/single and $90/couple, and for nonmembers they are $60/single and $110/couple. Children 6-18 are $20 each, and under 6 are free.
(If you aren’t a member, you can join by clicking here.)
Proceeds will benefit the Alabama Gospel Center and the Alabama Poverty Project, a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing systemic poverty and its root causes across Alabama. APP educates citizens about poverty, motivates colleges and faith-based institutions to engage in poverty-reduction activities and advocates for fact-based policy decisions.
Lifetime of Learning 2011
“Poverty, Tornado Response, and Community-University Partnerships”
Featuring Keynote Addresses by Mary Alice Morgan, PhD, Senior Vice Provost for Service Learning, Mercer University; and Mary Beth Lima, PhD, Director, Center for Community Engagement, Learning and Leadership, Louisiana State University
Also Featuring Breakout Sessions Discussing Best Practices From APP’s Higher Education Members
“Tornado Recovery and Vulnerable Populations: What Higher Education Institutions and their Community Partners Need to Know Now”
Featuring guest speaker Dr. Brenda Phillips
and presentations from
Plus, resource sharing and ideas to incorporate tornado recovery into your students’ service and learning experiences.
Wednesday, July 13, Southside Baptist Church
Reserve your spot at alabamapossible.org/register
Wednesday-Friday, May 18-20, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
Perimeter Park Hilton, Birmingham
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Southside Baptist Church, Birmingham
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Bama Theatre, Tuscaloosa
Friday, November 12 – Saturday, November 13, 2010
Avon Theatre, Birmingham
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Kress Building, Birmingham
Monday, October 25, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
Auburn University Montgomery
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Lincoln Village Church, Huntsville
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Bottletree Cafe, Birmingham
August 14, 2010
Yoga Circle, Birmingham
July 21, 2010
Southside Baptist Church, Birmingham
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Dauphin Way United Methodist Church, Mobile
Saturday, May 1, 2010
Southside Baptist Church, Birmingham
March 18, 2010
Capitol Heights Baptist Church, Montgomery
March 15, 2010
Calhoun Community College
A Conference on Service-Learning, Civic Responsibility, and Higher Education
September 25, 2009