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Sept. 17: Constitution Day celebration to focus on voting rights struggles of past, present

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A celebration to commemorate Constitution Day and learn more about one of the founding documents of the United States and voting rights.

In the wake of the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, Metropolitan State University’s commemoration event will illuminate what the U.S. Constitution states about voting rights, the movements that have expanded those rights to disenfranchised groups and current struggles and policy issues that affect voter eligibility and participation.

A panel will discuss what the Constitution says (or doesn’t) about voting rights, the movements that have expanded rights to disenfranchised groups, and current struggles and policy issues affecting voter eligibility and participation today.

Panelists include:

The event is open to the public and will be 4 to 6 p.m., Sept. 17, in room 302 of the Metropolitan State University library. Registration begins at 4 p.m. and a light meal will be available. The panel discussion begins at 4:30 p.m. and will be led by assistant professor of political science Kathleen Cole.

Get a free pocket-sized copy of the Constitution

Stop by the 2nd floor information desk, Metropolitan State University Library (Saint Paul campus) or the ICES offices.

Bulk orders are available to faculty who wish to distribute copies of the U.S. Constitution booklets to classes. Contact ICES at community.engagement@metrostate.edu with your name, course number, title, the number of copies requested and where they should be delivered.

Learn and teach more about the Constitution and voting rights

Watch for a display of books and other resources related to the Constitution and voting rights near the library’s second floor information desk.

Read and see more online.

Constitution Day is co-sponsored by the Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship, American Democracy Project and Student Senate with support from Library and Information Services.

Community forum #3: Sex Crimes–Local and Global Implications

Students, staff and community members are invited to the third in a series of four community forums on critical issues in criminal justice and related disciplines.

“Sex Crimes: Local and Global Implications” takes place on Wednesday, Feb. 18 from 4–5:30 p.m. in Room 112 of the Law Enforcement Criminal Justice and Education Center, 9110 Brooklyn Boulevard, Brooklyn Park.  Continue reading Community forum #3: Sex Crimes–Local and Global Implications

Community Forum #2: Radicalization and Terrorism

Students, staff and community members are invited to the second in a series of four community forums on critical issues in criminal justice and related disciplines.

Radicalization and Terrorism: Implications for our Dynamic and Diverse Communities” takes place on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 4–5:30 p.m. in Room 112 of the Law Enforcement Criminal Justice and Education Center, 9110 Brooklyn Boulevard, Brooklyn Park.

Metropolitan State Interim President Devinder Malhotra introduces the forum, which features the following distinguished panelists:

  • Kyle Loven, supervisory special agent, FBI Minneapolis
  • Jon Olson, retired U.S. Navy commander
  • Ilhan Omar, senior policy aide to Minneapolis City Council member Andrew Johnson
  • Imam Hassan Mohamud, Minnesota’s Da’way Institute
  • Hal Pickett, client services director, Headway Emotional Health Services

In a recent article for CNN, James Densley, School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice (SLC) assistant professor, asserts:

Terror intervention, like gang intervention, needs an emphasis not on the traditional “hot spots” for radicalization, but rather the “hot people” most deeply embedded in extremist networks. This is important. The old “hot spot” approach to gang suppression alienated communities of color by reinforcing the “us versus them” mentality that forced many people into gangs in the first place.

This forum explores some of these ideas in detail.

For more information, contact SLC Assistant Professors Raj Sethuraju (nadarajan.sethuraju@metrostate.edu) or Jill Peterson (jill.peterson@metrostate.edu).

 

Ferguson Forum update

A team led by SLC Assistant Professors Raj Sethuraju, Jill Peterson and Densley partnered with several university and community groups to create the community forum series. The series was successfully launched on Sept. 24 with a forum that drew an estimated 80 students, faculty, staff and community members to discuss events in Ferguson, Mo. in the wake of the fatal shooting by police of unarmed civilian Michael Brown.

The robust, multidimensional exchange resulted in a policy brief that includes actionable items for changes in police departments, law enforcement training and cultural conditioning. The planning team thanks assistant professors and librarians Martha Hardy and Alex Sonsteby for compiling a broad range of resources related to the Ferguson events.

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The community forums are organized by Metropolitan State’s School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice and are co-sponsored by the Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship, Hennepin Technical College, Metropolitan State Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Student Club, FBI Minneapolis Citizens Academy Alumni Association and the American Democracy Project.

What is the American Democracy Project At Metropolitan State?

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The American Democracy Project (ADP) is a national initiative focused on higher education’s role in preparing the next generation of informed, engaged citizens to sustain our democracy. Metropolitan State was a charter signatory to ADP when the project was launched in 2003 as an initiative of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, in partnership with The New York Times. Today, the goal of over 250 American Democracy Project colleges and universities is to produce graduates who are committed to being active, engaged, contributing citizens in their communities.

The goal of the American Democracy Project at Metropolitan State is to develop graduates who engage in meaningful actions as citizens and leaders, within their professions and in their communities, by making civic engagement an integral part of the Metropolitan State academic experience. Since the launch of ADP in the fall of 2003, an ad hoc group of Metropolitan State colleagues (faculty, staff, administrators and students) have guided the university’s participation and coordinated programming and activities. A list of past ADP initiatives can be viewed on the university’s ADP webpage.

ADP initiatives at Metropolitan State for the 2014–2015 academic year include:

  • Annual Constitution Day programming
  • Metro State Votes 2014
  • Co-sponsorship of a series of public community forums at the Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Education Center
  • The launch of an issue guide for public deliberation on the future of higher education, a co-production with National Issues Forum, the Kettering Foundation and the Center for Democracy and Citizenship
  • Citizen Alum—connecting students, faculty and alumni in new ways
  • 2 + 2 Civic Pathways—building coherent community engagement experiences and pathways for students transferring to Metropolitan State from two-year institutions
  • 2 + 2 Teacher Preparation—strengthening democratic education and civic engagement in teacher preparation at Metropolitan State and two-year institutions
  • Community-engaged scholarship grants for faculty

ADP is sponsored through the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Office; the university’s Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship staff provide administrative leadership to the ad hoc group and are active participants.  All university members who have a strong interest in community and civic engagement, appreciate energizing dialogue and would like to contribute to advancing the work of the American Democracy Project at Metropolitan State are invited to join the American Democracy Project ad hoc group.

To stay connected to or follow the work of the ADP ad hoc group, e-mail community.engagement@metrostate.edu.