America has long been heralded as the “land of opportunity,” but consider:
Some degree of economic inequality occurs naturally in a free and open society, but a vibrant democracy experiencing these dramatic trends ought to be asking tough questions:
Our democracy deserves answers to these questions.
We believe that those of us in higher education have the responsibility to engage our students and communities in assembling the knowledge and skills to effectively enact change related to the complex issue of growing economic inequality.
In February, we hosted a national screening of the documentary film “Inequality for All”and a live webcast with former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich; now, we are taking our commitment to this issue a step further—join us as we embark upon an exciting inaugural joint national initiative between The Democracy Commitment and the American Democracy Project as we tackle the challenging topic of economic inequality.
This joint national initiative is being organized by teams at ADP’s Keene State College (N.H.) and TDC’s Mount Wachusett Community College (Mass.). We are looking to identify two- and four-year institutions interested in helping us engage and begin to form civic pathways around this topic. We intend this work to help students in thinking about and taking actions to confront the complex causes of growing economic inequality. We envision developing, implementing and documenting innovative, interactive curricula and experiential learning modules that can be adapted across our campuses and communities.
Learn more and help us shape this initiative at an open informational meeting and planning session at the 2014 ADP/TDC National Meeting in Louisville on Thursday, June 5 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Salon IX.
Please R.S.V.P. to Kim Schmidl-Gagne at firstname.lastname@example.org by June 2, 2014.
Note: A formal call for participation will be forthcoming after the national meeting.
Download a PDF version of this Preliminary Call for Participation here.