Community Colleges as Civic Powerhouses: Generating, Harnessing, and Spreading Civic Power

Presented by Verdis Robinson, Campus Compact, Director of Community College Engagement.

Inspired by Eric Liu’s You Are More Powerful than You Think and his notion of civic power, this interactive workshop will introduce the concept of community colleges as “Civic Powerhouses” generating power in the civic life of their students and campuses. How can community colleges harness their true public purpose by educating for democracy and sending it out to making a difference in the civic lives of the community that they serve? This workshop will feature an immersive role-playing exercise, a presentation on model programs from a diversity of community colleges, and a brainstorm/action planning session.

Join Verdis Robinson, Campus Compact’s director of community college engagement, for an embedded institute at the 2019 Midwest Campus Compact Conference. Through a series of panels, small group dialogues, and larger conversations, we will explore the unique challenges and opportunities of community colleges and their critical role in preparing students to be informed, active, and mobilized citizens in their communities, states, and the world.