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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 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.

2020 Global Citizen Forum:

March 4-6, 2020

International Perspectives on Privilege

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. 

Schedule at a Glance

Wednesday, March 4: Dr. Debanuj DasGupta will present a keynote exploring transnational understandings of sexuality and gender identity.
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.

Thursday, March 5: When Good Intentions Are Not Enough
A student workshop focused on creating equitable and inclusive service.
7:00 PM, Olmsted Center conference rooms.

Using a design thinking process, this workshop will engage students in hands-on activities and discussions that explore the importance of diverse representation within volunteer and service opportunities as well as the barriers that prevent diversity within volunteering. This workshop requires participation of students from various backgrounds, lived-experiences, majors and interests in order to be successful. Whether you are currently involved in service activities, recruiting volunteers, organizing community events or have wanted to get involved but don’t know how, this workshop is for you!

Friday, March 6: Student research symposium
9:00 AM – Noon, various rooms in Collier-Scripps hall.

A student research symposium is planned to allow students to feature their research and will be complemented by faculty-led workshops on research/paper development support. If you just read any outstanding papers on a global topic or you anticipate having appropriate papers developed next semester even though they may still be at the concept stage, please encourage those students to submit the papers (or concepts) to Dr. Jimmy Senteza ( by February 1, 2020, for consideration. The e-mail should bear the subject line "2020 GCF submission".  We will revert back to the authors about the opportunity to present at the conference sometime around the middle of February 2020 and provide presentations guidelines for accepted work at that time.



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