Volume 3: December 2010

A Word from the Civic Engagement Council Chair

Dear Friends,

This issue of Allegheny College’s Civic Engagement E-newsletter highlights the work of 48 dedicated and passionate student leaders who spent the summer living and working in Meadville. These amazing student leaders collaborated with faculty, staff and community partners, collectively embracing partnerships and projects that strengthen our local communities. These capacity building initiatives foster community development and transform both program participants and community sites.

As is our tradition, student leaders came together on three occasions during the summer to discuss opportunities for collaboration, reflection, and development of web-based resources to nurture and support community partnerships. These planned resources will include an introduction to city and municipal government and planning, community demographics, and the human and social/cultural capital that is the foundation of ongoing community resiliency.

The stories that follow were written primarily by the students as part of their required summer reflection, but warm thanks are due to Fahrner Fellow Emily Bacheller ‘11, student editor for the past three issues of this newsletter which would not have been possible without her hard work. Fahrner Fellow Matt Reilly ‘11, our newsletter designer also deserves our thanks!

The ongoing initiatives outlined within this newsletter are continuing into the fall and spring semesters, and the process of developing the stories for the next Civic Engagement E-newsletter has already begun. Until then, please enjoy this issue which highlights the many Allegheny students, faculty and staff whose work demonstrates leadership and innovation in support of civic engagement and active citizenship. As always, it is a pleasure and privilege to work with so many talented individuals who are passionate about building the capacity of our communities and creating change.

Please visit our website at http://civicengagement.allegheny.edu/ to learn more about the College’s Civic Engagement Council programs. Summaries of our work during 2009 – 2010 are available on our website.

With warm regards,
Amara Geffen
Chair, Civic Engagement Council