Civic Reflection Fellows Program Symposium Held on May 17

Celebrating a Year of Learning and Discussion

May 23 2013

On May 17, participants in the Civic Reflection Fellows Program from 4 college campuses throughout Chicago gathered at a symposium to celebrate a year of learning and achievement. Julie Dockery, the staff liaison at Truman College, graciously hosted the event.

The Symposium featured group presentations and panel discussions by the Fellows, all of whom are civically minded students from the University of Chicago, Governors State University, Truman College and the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. The Fellows reflected on what they gained from the program – both heightened social awareness and deepened civic engagement -- as well as skills such as facilitation, organizing, and critical thinking.

The CR Fellows Program is a year-long program that trains and equips students with the tools and skills to conduct reflective dialogues on college campuses and in communities. Over the course of the past year, 19 Fellows have conducted over 90 discussions, where they challenged their peers and community members to collectively think and talk about difficult and controversial issues such as racial relations on campus, decision making for social workers, faith and community, civic responsibility, rape culture and its consequences, LGBTQ related issues, among many more. Fellows also responded to recent events such as the Marathon Bombing and a Facebook page that generated discussion at U of C – the Politically Incorrect Maroon Confessions. All attendees at the Symposium were impressed and inspired by the depth and breadth of the topics and issues that the Fellows had taken up this year.

The Center for Civic Reflection is proud to have initiated the CR Fellows Program and is excited to see the program carry on in a variety of forms on these campuses.

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