Mark Neikirk ▌ Executive Director ▌ Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement 859-572-1449 ▌ Northern Kentucky University ▌ FH 536. http://civicengagement.nku.edu. What is the Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement?.
An office at NKU that works to connect the campus and community so that students might enjoy an enriched learning experience and so that the community might get the benefit of the university’s intellectual capital.
OUR MISSION IS PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT
“We are committed to treating the metropolitan region as an extension of our campus. We will build partnerships throughout the region that both serve the learning needs of the public and enhance the learning opportunities available to our faculty, staff and students.”
-Strengthening Our Capacity to Serve: NKU’s 2003-2008 Strategic Agenda
NKU puts an emphasis on public engagement
Two events in early 2008 ….
Rule No. 1
Don’t fly the plane while you build it.
Rule No. 2
Don’t be afraid to break the rules.
NKU should be “a safe place for difficult conversations”
Darn good thing, too, (because this was a difficult conversation to stage)
Timely, local – only place it was likely to happen
Partnered with the Newspaper Readership Program
Informed by student poll
is hard work
Faculty lunch with NYT reporter
Student dialogue with NYT reporter
Faculty breakfast with Princeton prof
Classes at the Forum
KEY POINTS OF CONSENSUS
An analysis of the day’s conversation suggests five points of consensus that emerged. This is not to say that every participant agreed on every point. But these five points were evident common ground during the course of the day.
The local government is highly valued. Local government is the government closest to citizens, and therefore valued for its ability to be responsive to taxpayer needs. But this relationship also creates a natural demand for municipal and county services, and meeting those needs is challenging as the cost of basic services rise.
New models of government and governance bear exploration. Kenton County, as a community, should be open to new models of government and governance that pool resources and that assure……………
Mark Neikirk |Executive Director | Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement | Northern Kentucky University | Founders Hall 536 | 859-572-1449