Sec. of State Alison Lundergan Grimes to lead Civic Health Index Forum at Centre
March 21, 2013 By Elizabeth Trollinger
lead the Civic Health Forum at Centre on Tuesday, March 26.
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes will visit Centre to participate in the Civic Health Index Forum on Tuesday, March 26.
Secretary Grimes will lead the roundtable discussion on Kentucky’s civic health—part of the statewide Civic Health Initiative, which has prompted similar discussions at colleges and universities across Kentucky. The forum will begin at 11:30 a.m. in the Ewen Room on the second floor of the Campus Center. Others who will participate in the discussion include leaders in the local community, business owners and elected officials, as well as Centre students, faculty and staff.
“The Civic Health Index Forum will allow citizens from the area to engage in a discussion about the civic health of our community and our state,” says Patrick Noltemeyer, associate dean and director of community service and the Bonner Program at Centre. “The forum will give participants the chance to discuss the importance of civic engagement and identify strategies for increasing levels in our area. The discussion will rely much on audience participation for a healthy and informative discussion.”
The office of Secretary Grimes released the Civic Health Index last year, and when its results showed a trend of declining civic engagement in Kentucky, Secretary Grimes began working toward ways to improve engagement amongst Kentuckians, including volunteer opportunities, civic education and increasing voter registration.
“The Civic Health Index provides great data on the levels of civic engagement and volunteerism in the state of Kentucky, and helps cities and towns to better understand their level of civic engagement in comparison to other areas within the state and nation,” Noltemeyer says.
Civic engagement has always been essential to the Centre experience, which makes the Civic Health Index Forum all the more appropriate.
“It is important for Centre to participate in these types of discussions because one of our goals for graduates is that they be civically engaged, no matter where they live or what they do for a living,” Noltemeyer says. “Being an active citizen is something that has defined Centre graduates for generations and something that we still make a priority. Hosting discussions such as this help us achieve that goal.”
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