Engaged Citizen Experience Conference

Demographic Opportunities and Challenges:
Domestic and International

The 2017 Engaged Citizen Conference was held on Friday, February 24, 2017 in the Upper Level of Olmsted, Drake University. 

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 was the keynote speaker. 

The keynote address can be viewed here.

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

2:15 - 3:15 pm.    Breakout Sessions

Black Lives Matter
Session coordinated by Erin Lain, Assistant Dean for Academic Services, Associate Professor of Law
Panelists: Courtnei Caldwell (Drake Student), Sharon Zanders Ackiss and Kaija Carter

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: 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