“Civic Engagement: From Personal to Political” is the theme of activities hosted by Hobart and William Smith Colleges as part of Raise Your Voice – National Student Civic Engagement Week, Feb. 16-23. From blood drives and service corps volunteerism to voter registration and activism, the programs are designed to focus on the wide variety of opportunities available for civic engagement. President Mark D. Gearan, a former Peace Corps director, endorses and supports Raise Your Voice – A Week of Action.
“Civic Engagement is a hallmark of the Hobart and William Smith campus,” said Gearan, noting, “this semester 78 students are involved with America Reads and 19 with the local Jumpstart program. Countless others are volunteering, organizing, petitioning, marching, voting and making their voices heard.
“Today, as perhaps never before in recent history, it is critical to increase, celebrate, and deepen student civic engagement efforts on college campuses. We must reach out to all students on our campuses to spread the message that change starts with each of us doing our share to making a difference. I encourage all students to participate in the various campus activities planned for this important week, and to follow the Campus Compact mantra ‘act today to create the world you want to live in tomorrow.'”
Activities for the week include:
Sunday, Feb. 16
2 p.m. – A service to pray for peace and the health and safety of those called to active duty – St. John’s Chapel. Open to all.
7 p.m. – Movie “Pay it Forward” Community Service House. Refreshments provided.
Monday, Feb. 17
1-7 p.m. – Red Cross Blood Drive – The Barn. Call (315) 781-3825 for an appointment. Open to all.
7 p.m. “Moral Pros and Cons of War with Iraq” featuring Professor of Philosophy Steven Lee and Professor of Religious Studies Michael Dobkowski. Albright Auditorium. Open to all.
Tuesday, Feb. 18
11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Voter Registration Drive – Scandling Center. Open to all.
5:30 p.m. Reception a President Gearan's House. By invitation only.
7 p.m. “Battling Democracy's Decline: Lessons from the Front Lines” presentation by Michael Mills Hobart Class of '95, president and CEO, Coalition for a Voting America. Response forum to follow featuring President Mark D. Gearan, Todd Patterson '04 and local government representatives, including Congressman Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY). Geneva Room. Open to all.
Wednesday, Feb. 19
11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Voter Registration Drive continues – Scandling Center. Open to all.
7 p.m. “Service Corps Experiences” featuring past and present members of the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps and Teach for America. Sanford Room. Open to all.
Thursday, Feb. 20
9 a.m.-1 p.m. Faculty/staff/student day at the Community Lunch Program, First Methodist Church, Geneva.
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Information on Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, Public Interest Research Group, Teach for America, NYC Teaching Fellows. Scandling Center. Open to all.
6:30-7:30 p.m. “Plato's Cave” broadcasting live with a studio audience from the Geneva Room. Professors and hosts Iva Deutchman and Linda Robertson with moderator Professor of Political Science Kevin Dunn. Open to all.
Friday, Feb. 21
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. “Activists Clubs” recruitment – representatives from Refuse & Resist!, AIDS Awareness, Campus Democrats, Campus Republicans, and others. Scandling Center. Open to all.
4:30 p.m. Student Trustees Report Out – Wasey Room. Open to all students. Refreshments served.
7 p.m. Film “Bowling for Columbine” at the Smith Opera House. Discussion following the film led by Professors Linda Robertson and Mark Anderson. Admission is charged for the movie. Open to all. In “Bowling for Columbine,” filmmaker, author, and political activist Michael Moore trains his satirical eye on America's obsession with guns and violence in his third feature-length documentary, which gets its title from a pair of loosely related incidents.
All events are sponsored by the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Office of Public Service through a grant from the New York Campus Compact.