Diversity & Democracy, Fall 2011

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Higher Education for Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement: Reinvesting in Longstanding Commitments

Higher education plays an important role in equipping today’s students with the skills, knowledge, and capacities they need to participate in a diverse democracy. Inspired by a forthcoming report on reversing the civic recession supported by the US Department of Education, this issue of Diversity & Democracy explores how various institutions are enacting civic learning initiatives that prepare students for democratic engagement.

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Featured Topic

By Larry A. Braskamp, president of the Global Perspective Institute and senior fellow at the Association of American Colleges and Universities

By Caryn McTighe Musil, senior vice president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)

By Seth Pollack, professor and director of the Service Learning Institute at California State University, Monterey Bay

By Eboo Patel, founder and president, and Mary Ellen Giess, director of campus partnerships, Interfaith Youth Core

By Kathryn S. Steinberg, academic assessment specialist, and Kristin E. Norris, instructional technology specialist—both of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis


By Nina Porter, junior secondary education and women's and gender studies major at Northern Arizona University

By Michèle Leaman, Changemaker Campus Consortium director, Ashoka: Innovators for the Public

Campus Practice

By Romand Coles, director of the Program for Community, Culture, and the Environment, and Blase Scarnati, director of the University First Year Seminar Program and Global Learning—both of Northern Arizona University

By George Sanchez, vice dean for diversity and strategic initiatives, University of Southern California

Research Report

By Monica H. Lin, recent PhD recipient and past affiliate of the Higher Education Research Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles

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