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National Civic Engagement Week Activities
Planned at UW-Eau Claire Feb. 17-21
MAILED: Feb. 13, 2003
EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will join nine Wisconsin colleges and universities and more than 600 U.S. colleges and universities in launching the "Raise Your Voice — A Week of Action" campaign during National Student Civic Engagement Week, Feb. 16-22.
According to sophomore Eric Ristau, Eleva, one of the organizers of the event, it's a campaign with a clear message for students: Act today to create the world you want to live in tomorrow. Change starts with you.
The campaign is the first initiative for Wisconsin Campus Compact, a new statewide association of college presidents and chancellors committed to strengthening citizenship skills and values by promoting community service and service learning.
Wisconsin Campus Compact is affiliated with Campus Compact, a national coalition of more than 850 colleges and university presidents, based from Brown University. Campus Compact is organizing the Week of Action on a national level with the support of the Pew Charitable Trusts.
"At UW-Eau Claire we have several goals for this week," said Dr. Donald Mowry, director of the Center for Service-Learning and a member of the planning group. "We want to inform the entire student body about their responsibilities and opportunities for civic participation, create an inventory of all current student civic engagement activities, inspire more civic engagement on campus, and educate those already involved about how to improve their efforts and recruit others to do the same. We will be paying particular attention to ensuring political diversity among participants."
UW-Eau Claire was awarded a grant from WiCC to help fund activities on campus for National Civic Engagement Week. Following is a list of specific events taking place on campus Feb. 17-21.
Monday — Student Senate Open House, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Senate Office, 132 Davies
Come eat cookies, fill out surveys about campus issues, and talk to your senators.
- Civic Engagement Week Kick-Off, 8-9 p.m., Tamarack Room
See skits on areas of the university that you can affect and how it can be done.
Tuesday — Students in Politics Discussion – Time and place to be announced
A discussion focused on student involvement in political organizations and parties.
Wednesday — New Student Politics Dialogue, Noon, Tamarack Room
A discussion on what civic participation is and how to become more civically engaged using "The New Student Politics" publication from the 2002 Wingspread Convention in Kenosha.
Thursday — Be a Good Neighbor: Community/Campus Cooperation, 10 a.m., Badger Room
- Opportunities in Civic Engagement and Public Service Panel, noon, Davies Theater
- Minnesota Campus Compact Fellow presents on student engagement in Minnesota
- Engaged Students from UW-Eau Claire
- Career Professionals in Public Service
Friday — Students in Action! - 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Tamarack Room
Write a letter to your representative about current political issues and concerns.
Wisconsin schools participating in the student week of action include UW-Eau Claire, UW-Milwaukee, UW-Parkside and UW-Stevens Point; Cardinal Stritch University; Gateway Technical College-Kenosha Campus and Gateway Technical College-Racine Campus; Lawrence University; and Ripon College.
Founding members of WiCC include the following UW-Systems institutions: UW-Colleges, UW-Eau Claire, UW-Extension, UW-Green Bay, UW-La Crosse, UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Parkside, UW-River Falls, UW-Stevens Point and UW-Whitewater. Wisconsin Technical College founding members include Gateway Technical College, Madison Area Technical College and Waukesha County Technical College. Independent College founding members include Alverno College, Cardinal Stritch University, Carthage College, Edgewood College, Lakeland College, Lawrence University, Marian College, Marquette University, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Northland College, Ripon College and Wisconsin Lutheran College
Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa have also formed a regional consortium of participating schools to apply for selected national grants and encourage cooperation and sharing of successful ideas throughout the region.
More information on the "Raise Your Voice — A Week of Action" campaign is available at.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: February 13, 2003