The Global Citizenship Program and the LU/UN Partnership were at the United Nations last week to participate in a briefing on global citizenship education. Check out the archived video with many wonderful questions from our students and a statement from our faculty director!
On Friday, February 17th, CSO Director and CCE Associate Director Carolina Hernandez facilitated a Restorative Practices Training for Broughal Middle School (Bethlehem Area School District) teachers and administrators. Restorative practices, a framework for building communities through conflict resolution and harm prevention, has been an increasingly valuable tool for our school systems as we seek to develop strong active citizens who can face conflict with resiliency and humility. Carolina is an official RP trainer and was certified by the International Institute on Restorative Practices, which is right around the corner here in Bethlehem.
The Director of the Center for Community Engagement, Dr. Sarah Stanlick, published an essay on WHYY’s Speak Easy this week entitled “Myth of civics education as leftist indoctrination undermines our democracy“. She writes: “In a democratic society, civic dialogue and civic engagement exist to illuminate tensions and negotiate a path forward to a shared vision of a better tomorrow.”
The essay is response to a recent National Association of Scholars report criticizing civic education efforts and the public purpose of higher education. She responds,
- “Civic engagement, by most standards, is about asking difficult questions and doing the hard work to seek common ground for better communities. Service-learning and civic engagement as a field is constantly grappling with questions around power, voice, dysfunctional rescuing, and space for differing opinions inclusive of the criticisms included in this report. These are all legitimate questions. Unfortunately, this report never gets to that sort of deep thinking, but rather focuses on denigrating all efforts for civic engagement in higher education through poor, incomplete research.
The full text is available here.