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Roundtable Discussions: Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement

AAC&U partnered with the Global Perspective Institute to head five national roundtables in December 2010 - May 2011 to discuss the role of education in preparing engaged and responsible democratic citizens.

  • Roundtable 1 Participants: Representatives from organizations, foundations, and groups whose mission is to promote differing dimensions of civic learning and democratic practice within differing constituent groups in differing communities.
  • Roundtable 2 Participants: Heads of campus-based civic engagement centers and community-based learning and research programs of varying kinds across many disciplines, including science.
  • Roundtable 3 Participants: Faculty leaders across differing disciplines whose scholarship focuses on civic and democratic learning in both local and global contexts and professors in community colleges who are integrating civic and democratic learning across applied fields.
  • Roundtable 4 Participants: college and university presidents across sectors, who have the most power, resources, and authority to influence change. 
  • Roundtable 5 Participants: Public policy leaders from policy research centers, system leaders from public state systems, and organizations representing private colleges and universities. 

Participants (Full List)

  • Carolyne Abdullah - Director of Community Assistance, Everyday Democracy
  • James Applegate - Vice President, Program Development, Lumina Foundation
  • Maria Avila - Director, Center for Community Based Learning, Occidental College
  • Benjamin Barber - Director, CivWorld Demos
  • Richard Battistoni - Professor, Political Science Department, Providence College
  • Justin Bibb - Director, Civic Health Index, National Conference on Citizenship
  • Beth Blissman - Director, Bonner Center for Service and Learning, Oberlin College
  • Jenna Brager - Americorps*VISTA Participant, Maryland Campus Compact
  • Robert Bringle - Executive Director, Center for Service Learning, Indiana University-Purdue University
  • Alissa Brower - Service Fellow, Innovations In Civic Participation
  • Shelby Brown - Board Member, Democracy Imperative
  • Sarita Brown - President, Excelencia in Education
  • Sean Brumfield - Executive Director, Atlanta Center for Civic Engagement Georgia Perimeter College
  • Karen Bruns - Assistant Director, Outreach and Engagement Ohio State University Extension
  • Dan Butin - Dean, School of Education, Merrimack College
  • Eva Caldera - Senior Advisor to the Chairman, National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Jose Calderon - Professor of Sociology and Chicano/a - Latino/a Studies Pitzer College
  • Martin Carcasson - Director, Center for Public Deliberation, Colorado State University
  • Karyn Cassella - Family Strengthening Program Manager, Community of Hope
  • Tony Chambers - Director, Centre for the Study of Students in Postsecondary Education, University of Toronto
  • Ida Chow - Executive Officer, Society for Developmental Biology
  • John Churchill - Secretary, Phi Beta Kappa Society
  • Kirk Clay - Director of Civic Engagement, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
  • Amy Cohen - Executive Director, Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service, George Washington University
  • Jan Cohen-Cruz - Director, Imagining America
  • Paul Corts - President, Council for Christian Colleges and Universities
  • Beth Cunningham - Executive Officer, American Association of Physics Teachers
  • Maureen Curley - President, Campus Compact
  • Susan Dauber - Program Director, Spencer Foundation
  • John Dedrick - Vice President and Program Director, Kettering Foundation
  • Lina Dostilio - Director, Office of Service Learning, Duquesne University
  • Lewis Duncan - President, Rollins College
  • Gwen Dungy - Executive Director, NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education
  • Paula Ellis - Vice President, Knight Foundation
  • Susan Elrod - Executive Director, Project Kaleidoscope
  • Mark Engberg - Assistant Professor, School of Education, Loyola University of Chicago
  • Rosemary Feal - Executive Director, Modern Language Association of America
  • Bobby Fong - President, Butler University
  • Robert Franco - Director, Office for Institutional Effectiveness, Kapiʻolani Community College
  • Will Friedman - President, Public Agenda
  • David Fuller - President, Minot State University
  • Andy Furco - Associate Vice President, Public Engagement, University of Minnesota
  • Christopher Gates - Executive Director, Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement
  • Jane Genster - Interim Executive Director, Center for Social Justice, Georgetown University
  • Philip Glotzbach - President, Skidmore College
  • Mary Grant - President, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
  • Susan Griffin - Executive Director, National Council for the Social Studies
  • Jim Grossman - Executive Director, American Historical Association
  • Robert Hackett - President, Bonner Foundation
  • Robin Hailstorks - Associate Executive Director and Director of Precollege and Undergraduate Programs, American Psychological Association
  • Ira Harkavy - U.S. Chair, International Consortium for Higher Education, Civic Responsibility and Democracy
  • Sandy Heierbacher - Co-Founder and Director, National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation
  • JoAnn Henderson - Executive Director, National Center for Learning and Citizenship
  • Meg Heubeck - Director of Instruction, Center for Politics, University of Virginia
  • Liz Hollander - Senior Fellow, Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, Tufts University
  • Rhonda Hustedt Jacobsen - Director of Faculty Development, Department of Psychology, Messiah College
  • Barbara Jacoby - Senior Scholar, Adele H. Stamp Student Union – Center for Campus Life, University of Maryland
  • Greg Jay - Director, Cultures and Communities Program, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Gail Jessen - Director, Thayne Center for Service and Learning, Salt Lake Community College
  • Mathew Johnson - Director, VISTA Fellows Program, Siena College
  • Victor Kazanjian - Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life, Wellesley College
  • Kevin Kecskes - Director, Community-University Partnerships, Center for Academic Excellence, Portland State University
  • Cornelius Kerwin - President, American University
  • Allison Kimmich - Executive Director, National Women's Studies Association
  • Mary Kirchhoff - Director, Education Division, American Chemical Society
  • Marvin Krislov - President, Oberlin College
  • Judy Krutky - Director of Intercultural Education, Baldwin Wallace College
  • Amy Lazarus - Executive Director, Sustained Dialogue Campus Network
  • James Leach - Chairman, National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Michèle Leaman - Associate Director, Ashoka: Innovators for the Public
  • Tom Lenox - Executive Vice President for Professional and Educational Strategic Initiatives, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Peter Levine - Director, Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), Tufts University
  • Jan Liss - Executive Director, Project Pericles
  • Paul Loeb - Author, Soul of a Citizen
  • Theodore Long - President, Elizabethtown College
  • Carolyn Lukensmeyer - President, AmericaSpeaks
  • Paola M Hernandez B. - Maryland Campus Compact Participant University of Maryland
  • Elaine Maimon - President, Governors State University
  • David Maurrasse - President, Anchor Institutions Task Force
  • Ted McConnell - Executive Director, Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools
  • Harold McDougall - Professor, School of Law, Howard University
  • Kimberly Mealy - Director, Educational, Professional and Minority Initiatives, American Political Science Association
  • Wayne Meisel - Former President, Bonner Foundation
  • Catherine Middlecamp - Director, Chemistry Learning Center and Chair, Integrated Liberal Studies Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Cheryl Miller - Manager, Program on American Citizenship American Enterprise Institute
  • Tania Mitchell - Service Learning Director, Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, Stanford University
  • Emily Morrison - Director, Human Services, George Washington University
  • Elson Nash - Acting Director, Learn and Serve America, Corporation for National and Community Service
  • William Newell - Executive Director, Association for Integrative Studies
  • Decker Ngongang - Vice President, Programs, Mobilize.org
  • Alberto Olivas - Director, Center for Civic Participation, Maricopa Community Colleges
  • Kerry Ann O'Meara - Associate Professor, College of Education, University of Maryland
  • Cecilia Orphan - National Manager, American Democracy Project American Association of State Colleges and Universities
  • David Paris - Executive Director, New Leadership Alliance for Student Learning and Assessment
  • Laurie Patton - Professor, Department of Religion, Emory University
  • Michael Pearson - Director of Programs and Services, Mathematical Association of America
  • Paul Petrequin - Residential Faculty in History, Chandler-Gilbert Community College
  • Seth Pollack - Faculty Director, Service Learning Institute, Cal State Monterey Bay
  • Margaret Post - Director, Donelan Office of Community-Based Learning College of the Holy Cross
  • Clement Price - Director, Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience, Rutgers University-Newark
  • David Procter - Director, Center for Engagement and Community Development, Kansas State University
  • Mark Putnam - President, Central College
  • Bob Reason - Associate Professor, College of Education
  • John Reiff - Director, Community Engagement Program, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Gene Rice - Senior Scholar, Association of American Colleges & Universities
  • Michael Robbins - Senior Advisor for Nonprofit Partnerships, Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, U.S. Department of Education
  • Gail Robinson - Director of Service Learning, American Association of Community Colleges
  • Maureen Roche - Director, Campus Kitchens Project
  • Bernie Ronan - Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs, Maricopa Community Colleges District
  • Brian Rosenberg - President, Macalester College
  • Marc Roy - Vice Chair, American Conference of Academic Deans and Provost, Goucher College
  • Kenneth Ruscio - President, Washington and Lee University
  • John Saltmarsh - Director, New England Resource Center for Higher Education
  • Matthew Schrimper - Intern, American Enterprise Institute
  • Andrew Seligsohn - Director of Civic Engagement, Rutgers University-Camden
  • Allen Sessoms - President, University of the District of Columbia
  • Karen Showalter - Executive Director, Americans for Informed Democracy
  • Phyllis Snyder - Vice President for Healthcare Services and Mature Worker Initiatives, Council for Adult and Experiential Learning
  • Bob Stains - Senior Vice President, Public Conversations Project
  • Susan Stroud - Executive Director, Innovations In Civic Participation
  • Terry Tollefson - Chief Strategy Officer, Facing History and Ourselves
  • Anthony Tricoli - President, Georgia Perimeter College
  • Sanford Ungar - President, Goucher College
  • Margaret Vitullo - Director, Academic and Professional Affairs Program American Sociological Association
  • Wendy Wagner - Director, Center for Leadership and Community Engagement, George Mason University
  • Marshall Welch - Director, Catholic Institute for Lasallian Social Action, St. Mary's College of California
  • Jane Wellman - Executive Director, National Association of System Heads
  • Richard Wells - Chancellor, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
  • Jon Wergin - Professor of Educational Studies, Antioch University
  • Jennifer Wilson Marsh - Hotline and Affiliate Services Director, Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network
  • Jo Anne Zarowny - College-Wide Coordinator, Center for Community Involvement
  • Ed Zlotkowski - Founding Director, Service Learning Center