The Engaged Citizen Experience (ECE) is a part of the Drake Curriculum which aims to ensure students will learn to participate effectively in democratic processes through coursework and classroom and community activities. The Engaged Citizen Experience seeks to mobilize the entire campus community to discuss a critical theme or global issue. In order to create an integrated experience, the ECE is a blend of academic and co-curricular programming. New courses and existing courses are designed to engage students in the exploration of an annual theme. Co-curricular programs, presentations and workshops involve the larger community in the discussion.
Featuring a keynote presentation on transnational perspectives on sexual orientation and gender identity, a student workshop examining equity and inclusion in community engagement, and a student research symposium in collaboration with the Nelson Institute.
Tuesday, March 3: When Good Intentions Are Not Enough
A student workshop focused on creating equitable and inclusive service.
7:00 PM, Olmsted Center conference rooms.
Free Pizza at 6:45 PM
This workshop will engage students in a hands-on design thinking activity and discussions that explore the importance of diverse representation within volunteer opportunities as well as the barriers that prevent involvement. Students from various backgrounds, lived-experiences, majors and interests are needed in attendance in order to make the activity successful. Whether you are currently involved in service activities or want to get involved but don’t know how, this workshop is for you!
Wednesday, March 4: Keynote Speaker
Dr. Debanuj DasGupta: Migration, Asylum, and Transgender Lives
The keynote will take place at 4:00 PM in Sussman Theater, followed by a short panel, and conclude with light refreshments.
Dr. DasGupta is Assistant Professor of Geography and Women’s, Gender, Sexuality Studies at the University of Connecticut. Debanuj’s research and teaching focuses on racialized regulation of space, immigration detention, queer migrations, and the global governance of migration, sexuality, and HIV. Prior to his doctoral degree, Debanuj worked for over sixteen years within several international development agencies, HIV/AIDS, LGBT rights and immigrant rights organizations in India and the US.
The recipient of Drake’s Principal Global Citizenship Award will be announced prior to the keynote speaker’s presentation.
Thursday, March 5: Comedian Hayden Kristal
7:00 PM / Pomerantz Stage in Olmsted Center
Hayden Kristal is a Brooklyn-based former zookeeper who gave up a lucrative career in salamanders to pursue comedy and public speaking. Speaking on the topics of diversity and intersectionality, Hayden will be discussing the importance of intersectionality in activism ensuring that we are advocating for all people and listening to every voice. Bringing her comedic spirit, Hayden brings perspective on bringing others into the conversation.
Friday, March 6: Mini-conference
9:00 AM – Noon, various rooms in Collier-Scripps hall.
Nelson Student Research Symposium
Lisa Rossi, facilitator from the Tuesday night service workshop will be providing a recap of the session and ideas generated for action.
Ready or Not: Black Students Experiences of South African Universities
Ready or Not! is a 45-min documentary developed out of a longitudinal qualitative study which tracked students from eight diverse universities in South Africa and documented their experiences. The film will be followed by a panel discussion on students experiences in SA universities by three researchers from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), Durban, South Africa.