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WFU named a lead consulting institution for civic engagement

Wake Forest has been selected as one of nine lead consulting institutions (LCIs) for a national initiative on civic learning and democratic engagement by NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Eduction), the leading voice for the student affairs profession.

Last year, Wake Forest served as a lead institution for the initiative, lead by a committee of: Marianne Magjuka, Katy Harriger, Alessandra Beasley Von Burg, Shelley Sizemore, Norma-May Isakow, Harold Holmes and students Brad Shugoll, Kelly Chervin and J’Taime Lyons. Shugoll, as the fellow in student life, will continue to be involved this year. In 2012-13, Wake Forest’s major initiatives included: Wake the Vote, the inaugural ACC Lobbying trip to Washington, D.C., deliberative dialogues, and social action programs.

“The CLDE Initiative served as a catalyst for more intentional conversations about civic learning and democratic engagement,” Magjuka said. “I am excited to continue with this work at Wake, and to offer advice and feedback to other campuses as they work to increase civic engagement opportunities for their students.”

LCIs will act as mentors and resources for other lead institutions, and they will be called upon for their expertise and will serve as leaders in helping NASPA staff create and execute strategy, programming, and content for the initiative. For their work, Wake Foresters will receive tailored professional development experiences, publication and writing opportunities, and the chance to influence the ways in which student affairs contributes to the civic learning and democratic engagement field.

To learn more about NASPA’s Lead Initiative and view a complete listing of participating institutions, visit the NASPA website at: http://www.naspa.org/clde/lead_initiative.cfm

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