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#CivicChat - The MOVE - Building The New Civic Infrastructure: Institutions & Partnership

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Join this #CivicChat's panelists:

  • Ceasar McDowell (Twitter: @CeasarMcdowell), Founder, The Move & Professor of Civic Design, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • Ayushi Roy (Twitter: @ayushikroy), Co-Host, The Move Podcast, Civic Designer & Research Fellow, The GovLab @ NYU

The conversation will focus on the newly launched civic design platform, The Move (@themovemit). The Move is a movement to rebuild our public’s muscle for democracy. Why is it that the voting booth is currently the only way for government to measure the pulse of the people? Not only does governance need to be redesigned to improve public engagement processes, but also to include a “public” that is increasingly beautiful in its complexity.

The Move aims to bring together people of all backgrounds who are seeking to facilitate real civic engagement in today’s democracies. This includes researchers, leaders, academics, and politicians, as well as artists, community organizers, and ordinary citizens -- the people that, at The Move, call “the front lines of our democracy.” Together, The Move will support cities, communities, and other institutions in creating the space needed to peacefully struggle and make meaningful progress in a democracy.

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A transcript of this chat is available here.


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8:00 PM20:00


Join this #CivicChat's panelist:

This chat discussion will focus on themes from the book, The Hate U Give written by author Angie C. Thomas (Twitter: @angiecthomas).

The Hate U Give (T.H.UG.) by Angie Thomas is Rhode Island Center For The Book's selection for 2018.  T.H.U.G is a captivating young adult novel that follows the main character, Starr, a black high school student drawn to activism after she witnesses the police shooting of her unarmed friend.   The book takes head on the complex and nuanced topics of race, the relationship between communities and police. 

The chat’s questions:

  • How well does @AngieCThomas reflect the spirit and feel of the 1990s in #TheHateUGive?
  • What do you make of the ways the characters in #TheHateUGive deal with trauma, Starr’s especially?
  • In a novel about a young black girl, we learn a great deal about black boys and men. Is there a specific message about that relationship that resonates with you?
  • What questions were left unanswered in #TheHateUGive for you? Is there anything you wanted to know more about? 
  • Starr’s life functions in two worlds in #TheHateUGive: her neighborhood and where she goes to school. Have you ever been in this type of predicament in your life?
  • TheHateUGive recently won over three Youth Media Awards and was longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction & Nonfiction medal. What message do you think that sends to the masses? 
  • How has #TheHateUGive inspired you to use your voice in your community? 
  • How does #TheHateUGive help readers to think more critically about the ways we define ‘family’? 


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Join this #CivicChat's thought leaders: 

As the chat discussion will focus on the role of universities as anchor institutions, and how they address systemic social issues in their civic engagement work:

  • University presidents as drivers of community engagement on their campuses;

  • Engagement models that differ – civic, democratic and liberation; and

  • Engagement practice that ensures the inclusion of the local community and impactful implementation.

Here are this #civicchat's questions:

  • When thinking about colleges and universities working with their local communities, how are the terms civic, democratic, and liberation engagement different?
  • How should higher education institutions that consider themselves to be anchor institutions approach the systemic issues (i.e., K-12 public education attainment gaps, environmental racism, etc.) of their community?
  • What are the intrinsic values of HBCUs that lead to civic or liberation engagement? And how have those values been core to HBCUs since their founding? How do they manifest today?
  • How do HBCU presidents demonstrate and provide leadership in driving an alternative to the “poverty study” narrative that so commonly frames the civic or liberation engagement of other higher education institutional types?
  • How do organizations such as UNCF demonstrate and drive civic or liberation engagement?
  • How does the unique mission of HBCUs qualify them as anchor institutions and change the way we think about anchor institutions’ ability to further democracy for all citizens?
  • How can calls for more intentional social justice outcomes of urban systems redefine colleges/universities as institutional citizens in cities?
  • How does your campus or organization hear, acknowledge, and uplift community voice?
  • What is the unique impact of HBCUs in their communities and how can we ensure that they add intrinsic value?
  • How can recent civil rights issues encourage more liberation engagement on HBCU campuses and beyond?
  • What is the continued role of HBCUs in promoting a liberation engagement mindset in their students and communities in the current political and social climate of the U.S.?
  • In today’s political climate, does democracy allow for oppressed communities to act toward their liberation from problems created by the democracy? And what is role of colleges/universities in that work?

CivicSalon invites you to explore these pressing issues and share your ideas and experiences related to universities as anchor institutions, community engagement, and systemic social issues.  

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Campus diversity and inclusion and campus civic engagement conversations are rooted in pedagogies of equity, reciprocity and transformation, but oftentimes practitioners in these respective fields work siloed from each other. The April 20th chat explores how these fields can work together to advance higher education civic engagement's impact on social justice.

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