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WSP 355 — Making a Difference in Your Community: New Models of Civic Engagement

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Saturday
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 1 day
Date(s): Mar 16
Time: 10:00 am—4:00 pm
Drop Deadline: Mar 9
Unit: 0
Grade Restriction: NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Tuition: $230
Instructor(s): Christine Sherry
Status: Open
10:00 am—4:00 pm
Mar 16
1 day
Drop By
Mar 9
0 Unit
Grade Restriction
NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Christine Sherry
In an era of great political division, many of us have felt a growing responsibility to increase our civic engagement, whether through taking leadership positions in our communities or advocating for better policies on issues we care about. After decades of decline in civic participation, a wide variety of new civic-minded groups and organizations are also emerging. These range from organizations that support young people in developing their voices as social-change advocates, to weekend gatherings designed to discuss and debate civic issues, to festivals intended to make the act of voting more accessible and celebratory.

This one-day workshop will review the research behind the decline in civic participation over the past decades and highlight innovative efforts to reverse this trend. The seminar will include case studies and guest speakers from leading nonprofits and philanthropic foundations working to promote civic engagement and foster dialogue across the ideological spectrum. The workshop is designed for those thinking about how to best direct their volunteer efforts, work with their schools or nonprofits, or otherwise support efforts to increase a stronger culture of citizenship. Participants will learn about the most promising new strategies and models being utilized to rebuild a more fully robust and inclusive democracy.

Christine Sherry, Founder and President, Sherry Consulting

Christine Sherry advises philanthropists and nonprofits on a variety of issues, including how to maximize the impact of philanthropic efforts. Much of her recent work focuses on democratic civic engagement. She founded the Philanthropy Workshop West at the Hewlett Foundation. She has also served in multiple leadership positions in the legal profession after receiving a JD from the UC Berkeley School of Law.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.