总裁margee米少尉 学院今天宣布，已被授予了四年，$ 900,000拨款的安德鲁·W上。梅隆基金会，以支持变革性举措 公民参与, including the establishment of the college’s new Center for Civic Learning & Action and the hiring of an executive director. A national search for the director is currently underway.
“We are faced with treacherously deep schisms in today’s world. Higher education institutions have a responsibility to bridge these gaps and to better serve their communities and the nation. As President Kennedy memorably observed, ‘what good is a private college or university unless it is serving a great national purpose?’ ” said Eugene Tobin, senior program officer at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. “Dickinson’s partnership with its neighboring community and its Center for Civic Learning & Action are clear examples of higher education serving the public good.”
令人印象深刻的一个例子是 卡莱尔印地安人学校数字化资源中心 （Cisdrc），来自前卡莱尔的印度工业学校（CIIS）文件和记录在线存储库。超过25万页的文件已经被数字化，迪金森学生的帮助。该CIIS，位于迪金森附近，被他们美国欧洲社会教学融入公司成立于1879年，以“教化”美国原住民儿童。超过39年来，学校招收一些10,000名学生，并担任该模型在美国境内的其他非预约寄宿学校和加拿大。的目标 cisdrc项目 是使主源文件关于学校可在网路，并为教学提供资源。该项目通过鼓励“市民档案” - 包括CIIS学生的许多后裔基于互惠社区自己，贡献自己的文档，照片，家庭故事和创意作品在迪金森已经创建了数字场地。
Other examples of the more than 45 existing partnerships the center will lead are two faculty-community Learning & Action Networks in support of meaningful, mutually beneficial, community-engaged research, teaching and learning—one focused on community health and another on North Carlisle neighborhoods, one of the most ethnically and racially diverse areas of Carlisle and the most economically disenfranchised.
Since Ensign began as president in July 2017, she has worked to make civic learning and action a distinctive pillar of a Dickinson education and raise the profile of 公民参与 work. She created the President’s Commission on Community and Civic Learning & Engagement and the Community Advisory Council, a group of more than 30 private, public and nonprofit sector business leaders from Carlisle and neighboring communities who meet monthly to discuss priorities and plan joint projects. As a result of council discussions, a community-based research course was developed by Dickinson faculty members to gather data and effect local organizational capacity and decision-making and soon, a collaboration with the Carlisle Area School District will result in a locally developed approach to the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s mandate regarding assessments of civic education.
Ensign said the vision for the Center for Civic Learning & Action and its mandate date back to the college’s founding in 1783 by Benjamin Rush, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. “Rush founded the college to provide a useful education focused on active engagement with the wider world. I’m proud to have an opportunity to amplify that mission under my presidency.”