For the third year, Seminole State College of Florida has been selected as a member of the NASPA Lead Initiative. The 2016-17 NASPA Lead Initiative is a network of nearly 100 higher education institutions that are devoted to encouraging and highlighting student affairs divisions and their strides in civic learning and democratic commitment.
This recognition shows Seminole State’s responsibility to deliver a core function of civic learning and democratic engagement to students, including awareness of the community’s needs through open dialogues, workshops and speakers.
“It’s important students are educated about their degree program but to also be informed and educated citizens,” Dr. Jan Lloyd-Lesley, associate vice president of Student Development says.
With a mission of educating students on the impact of community issues, from recycling to the political process, and then motivating them with opportunities to become engaged and make a difference in the community, Seminole State focuses on helping students understand and address community issues.
While hosting regular civic events on its campuses, as well as bringing in dynamic speakers, including most recent Speaker Series lecturer, pundit and author Van Jones, Seminole State hosts programs that have seen great student interaction, including TurboVote, a voter’s registration tool for students; an AmeriCorps Volunteer-led Civic Scholars Program and multiple community service projects.
Students at Seminole State will have another opportunity to focus on civic issues on Nov. 8, as the campus Student Government associations host Election Day celebrations, where students will be encouraged to make their voices heard by voting and enjoy an afternoon of fun that honors the democratic process.
“Ultimately, we want students to care about the communities where they live and understand how they can make a difference,” Lloyd-Lesley says.
NASPA’s Lead Initiative on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (Lead Initiative) comprises a network of 96 NASPA member colleges and universities committed to encouraging and highlighting the work of student affairs in making civic learning and democratic engagement a part of every student’s college education. The Lead Initiative offers unique professional development opportunities, targeted resources, networking and recognition for its Lead Institutions. For more information, visit the Lead Initiative website.
Through its civic engagement initiative, Seminole State College of Florida offers programs that aim to increase student awareness of community needs, educate students on societal impacts of community issues, develop motivation and skills to make a positive difference in communities, and provide opportunities for students to take civic action. To learn more, visit seminolestate.edu/civic-engagement.
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