Engaged Citizen Experience Conference

Demographic Opportunities and Challenges:
Domestic and International

Friday, February 24, 2017
12:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Olmsted Center, Drake University

Online Registration

Table Registration for Community Partners and Student Organizations who would like an information table during the Networking Session.

Conference Schedule

12:00-12:30 p.m.  Walk-in Registration

12:20-12:30 p.m.  Spoken Word Piece by Anthony Pawnell

12:30 –2:00 p.m.  Keynote Speaker

Justin Gest, Assistant Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University, author of Apart: Alienated and Engaged Muslims in the West, and The New Minority: White Working Class Politics in an Age of Immigration and Inequality.

2:15 - 3:15 pm.    Breakout Sessions

Black Lives Matter
Session coordinated by Erin Lain, Assistant Dean for Academic Services, Associate Professor of Law

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
Session coordinated by Lourdes Gutierrez Najera, Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Panelists: Kenia Calderon, Erica Johnson, Daniela Pelaez, Ali Procopio, and Monica Reyes

Survival Beyond Arrival: Refugees in Des Moines
Session coordinated by Renee Sedlacek, Director, Community Engagement & Service Learning
Presenters: Nick Wuertz, Executive Director, Lutheran Services of Iowa Refugee Services; Amy Doyle, Advocacy Director, EMBARC; Carly Ross, Executive Director, U.S. Committee on Immigrants & Refugees; Richey Thongvanh, Post-Resettlement Case Manager, Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Program

Changing Depictions of Immigrants in Television Situation Comedies
Session coordinated by Joan McAlister, Associate Professor of Rhetoric
Student co-leaders are Nyasha Makaza and Aaron (AJ) Spitz

 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.   Networking Session: Tables from Community and Student Organizations

This conference is sponspored by the Drake University Engaged Citizen Experience, David and Carol Golder, The Golder Family Foundation, and the Ronald and Jane Olson Endowment for Global Service-Learning.

 Documentary Film Series


University News
February 17, 2017
Drake University students will have new options for international studies beginning in fall 2017.