Room available at PHENND Conference

Posted by on February 18, 2005

For those of you interested in campus-community partnership, democratic education, and preparing students for a lifetime of civic engagement, please come to the 7th Annual Conference of the Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development (PHENND).

Friday, Feb 25
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
at Widener University, Chester, PA

There is still room available – so register today!

Highlights include:
– Keynote Speech by Jane Eisner, columnist at the Philadelphia Inquirer and author of Taking Back the Vote: Getting American Youth Involved in our Democracy”
– Funders Panel with representatives from Learn and Serve America, HUD’s Office of University Partnerships, Wachovia Regional Foundation, and Pew Charitable Trusts
– Workshops on topics such as:
Academic Service-Learning Faculty Development Program, A New Endeavor at Widener University
Public Meetings: Gateways to Informed, Democratic Participation
Building Campus Movements for Living Wages and Democratic Workplaces

Details are below and at:

Over the past few years, there has been increasing emphasis on the civic development of young people. Campus Compact has moved towards a pilosophy of the “engaged campus” reflecting a larger national trend for service and service-learning organizations to focus increasingly on civic engagement in order to bring attention to what many see as the deeper purpose of experiential education and community partnership.

For the 2005 Annual PHENND Conference, we too will ask the questions: What is the relationship between service-learning and the development of long-term civic engagement? What is civic engagement? Volunteering? Voting? Or much more?
The day will feature provocative speakers, elective workshops, and other activities designed to facilitate conversation and critical thinking about civic education, civic engagement, service-learning, and community partnership. As an event geared at administrator, faculty, student, and community participants, the day will also be a chance for currently active change agents to reflect and learn from each other. Activities will include a day-long line up of elective workshops, panels, and lunch time address from a keynote speaker.

In particular, the event will delve into the relationship of the work being done on today’s college and university campuses ? by students, staff, and faculty ? and its potential for creating sustainable democratic communities.

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