Initiative for Civic Engagement

ICE Continues Community Speakers Bureau

(July 19, 2012) Armstrong's Initiative for Civic Engagement (ICE) continues its popular community-based speakers bureau for the second year. Building on the success of the 2011-12 academic year, the bureau is now launching a call for speakers for 2012-13.

The community-based speakers bureau creates an opportunity for Armstrong alumni and other members of the community to contribute to the educational experience on campus for students. The program seeks to inspire students on their own potential and provide models of responsible citizenship and professionalism.

Throughout the 2011-12 academic year, the speakers bureau enhanced classroom instruction and helped build meaningful relationships between students and the guest lecturers. In spring alone, nearly 20 guest presentations took place and included leaders from the non-profit and business worlds, advertising, the government, human rights organizations, and journalism, among many others.

Faculty are encouraged to invite speakers to campus who can share their expertise and experiences. For those who are not able to come to campus physically, online speaking opportunities are also available. Visit the speakers bureau web page for a list of previous lecturers and contact information for nominations.

Armstrong's Initiative for Civic Engagement began in the summer of 2009 through the support and generosity of the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, although it has always been and will continue to be a program for the entire university community. ICE derived its initial inspiration from the American Democracy Project's Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Md., which focused on civic engagement and diversity. Subsequently, ICE continued its association with the ADP by joining its Civic Agency Institute, a project affiliated with the Center for Democracy and Citizenship at Augsburg College. ICE and ADP are fundamentally concerned about one thing: the role of higher education in fostering societal change through engaged citizenship.