Attending the American Democracy Project/The Democracy Commitment 2014 conference in Louisville this week? Come to Citizen Alum’s Pre-Conference Workshop today 1:00-3:00 (Salon VII). This is an introductory session for anyone interested in articulating “a new vision of what an alum is.”
Then join us on Saturday at the Mini-Featured Session on Intergenerational Learning at 2:45 on Saturday (Salon VII). There you will meet members of the Citizen Alum Task Force on Intergenerational Learning for College Students and learn about their work.
One of the most important developments at the ADP/TDC conference this weekend can be found in the cluster of sessions on Civic Pathways. As the conference organizers put it, “Civic pathways are collaborative, intentional and articulated civic education programs (curricular and/or co-curricular) and practices that are built between cooperating two- and four-year institutions, many times in close geographic proximity to one another.” Multiple Civic Pathways sessions are showcasing partnerships between community colleges and AASCU campuses. These creative alliances are producing community-engaged learning and action programs that bring together students from both kinds of colleges.
What an opportunity for Citizen Alum–if we redefine how we think about “alumni.” Students who have traveled the civic pathway from a community college to a four-year public university are civically-engaged alums. They are graduates both of their community college and of the Civic Pathways program itself. Who is better equipped than they to work with both community college and four-year college students who are taking their first steps on that pathway? Who better to work with faculty, staff, and peers to imagine and implement the feedback loop–the figure eight–that links together students of different cohorts? We anticipate a lively collegial conversation about how Citizen Alum and Civic Pathways can collaborate.
The Citizen Alum Pre-Conference Workshop materials packet are attached below. This packet includes information about our Fall institute at the Jandris Center at the University of Minnesota and an explanation of the work of the Citizen Alum Task Force on Intergenerational Learning