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Engaged Citizen Experience

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 exisiting 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.

2019 Inaugural Global
Citizen Forum: Migration

Global Citizen Forum

New this academic year, the ECE is partnering with Drake International, the Nelson Institute for Diplomacy & International Affairs, the Principal Center for Global Citizenship, the Office of Community Engaged Learning, The Harkin Institute, and Cowles Library to present a new signature event, the Global Citizen Forum. The Forum is scheduled for March 5-8, 2019, and will invite participants to explore the topic of migration through a series of events including documentary film, a student research symposium, a dynamic keynote speaker, and an experiential activism workshop in partnership with local community agencies.


Schedule at a Glance March 5-8, 2019

  • Tuesday, March 5: Film and Discussion: The Golden Dream (La Jaula de Oro)
    3:30-5:45 PM / Sussman Theater
    A 2013 Mexican film portrays the lives of Juan, Sara and Samuel, three teenagers from the slums of Guatemala, who travel to the United States in search of a better life. Discussion to follow film.
  • Wednesday, March 6: Multi-Media Lecture
    7:00 PM  / Sussman Theater
    Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist Jose Galvez ( will present Life on the Border.

    An exhibit of his work will also be featured in Meredith Hall March 4-8.
    “For over 40 years, José Galvez has used black and white film to create a powerful and unparalleled historical record of the Latino experience in America. His compelling work, done with respect, pride and no pretense, captures the beauty of daily life.”  
  • Thursday, March 7: Film: “A Little Salsa on the Prairie
    6:30 PM  / Sussman Theater
    Prior to the screening, Professor Jody Swilky, writer and co-producer of the documentary, will introduce the film.
    A panel discussion with residents of Perry will follow the screening.
  • Friday, March 8: Global Citizen Forum
    9:00 AM - 4:00 PM / Olmsted Center - REGISTRATION OPENING SOON!
  • Registration:  8:30 AM
  • Morning:  9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Student research conference and other thematic concurrent sessions. If you just read any outstanding papers on a global topic, please encourage those students to submit them to by February 1, 2019 for consideration.
  • Lunch:  11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    "Anti-Migrant Rhetoric,Myths and Trends: Building a New Consensus"
    Keynote by Dr. Livingstone Sewanyana, President of the Foundation for Human Rights Initiative in Kampala, Uganda, and Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order to the United Nations Human Rights Council.  A panel discussing local, national and global perspectives on migration will follow Dr. Livingstone’s keynote address.
  • Afternoon:  2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Activism Workshop: Exploring Strategies to Affect Change.

2019 Global Citizen Poster

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