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National Issues Forum 2012

Thursday, April 19, 2012

3:00 - 5:00pm, reception following

Tau Center Rotunda, Winona State University

The Office of the President, the American Democracy Project and the Student Senate invite you to a democratic deliberation on the role of higher education. In celebration of President Ramaley’s commitment to the civic mission of the university, and in anticipation of the university’s next chapter, WSU has received special permission from the Kettering Foundation to hold this National Issue Forum titled “How Should Higher Education Help Us Create the Society We Want?” WSU students, faculty, staff, administration and members of the higher education, non-profit, and business communities are especially encouraged to attend, as everyone’s contributions are valued.  If you are able to attend, please RSVP and familiarize yourself with the National Issues Forum book.

Introductions and opening comments begin at 3:00pm with Vice President Connie Gores. In participating, you are asked to discuss the three approaches provided in the NIF issues book in small groups or “democracy pods,” where everyone is encouraged and expected to share and listen as equals in this democratic process.  WSU students serve as trained moderators and will offer summative comments regarding each group’s discussion.  Closing remarks will be delivered by President Ramaley, with a reception following at 5:00pm.

The Civic Summit will be located in the Tau Center Rotunda, 511 Hilbert Street, on the Winona State University Campus.