Take a moment to reflect on the meaning and significance of the election with your Impact Hub community. The election has revealed issues and themes in our democracy and civic life. What have we noticed? What have we learned? How will the results of the election shape our work and impact our communities?
The informal happy hour will be facilitated by MIchael Zis and Paul Schadewald from Macalester College. Michael and Paul will briefly share what they have observed during the campaigns and their impressions of the election and thoughts on the post-election period. They will then invite a shared conversation about people’s own interpretations of the election and ideas about next steps for individuals and for our shared work as changemakers. We can dig into the specifics of election outcomes. We can also reflect together on broad themes such as civic trust, hope, social justice, sustainability, public work, and collaboration across differences and divides.
To give us a sense of who is planning to attend, please fill out this form with your name and your organization or affiliation and please add one hope and one worry that you have heading into the election. We will use this feedback as starting points for our discussion.
Michael Zis has taught in Macalester’s Political Science Department since 2003 with a focus on American politics and policymaking at the national, state, and local levels. His courses include Foundations of US Politics, American Governing Institutions, Urban Politics, American Political Thought, US Food Policy and Politics, and Government and Medicine, and he has taught two interdisciplinary courses on “Jews and Politics” and “Sustainability and Global Citizenship.” An active mentor, he supervises student scholars and interns working for legislators and government agencies. A campus leader in civic engagement, Michael has created lasting community collaborations around the themes of health care, sustainability, and food policy. He is a recipient of the Campus Compact President Award for Civic Engagement.
Paul Schadewald is the Senior Program Director for Community-Based Learning and Scholarship in the Civic Engagement Center in the Kofi Annan Institute for Global Citizenship at Macalester. His work focuses on faculty and curricular development and support for academic civic engagement. He is the Vice-Chair of the National Advisory Board for the Imagining America consortium, which supports public scholarship and equitable collaboration between higher education and community partners in the arts, culture, humanities and design, and helped lead Imagining America’s research group on “civic professionalism.’ He currently serves on Maalester’s Strategic Planning and Assessment Committee and is teaching a class focused on student engagement in the election, “Democracy in Action.”
Zis and Schadewald have collaboratively led faculty development trainings on urban development, sustainability, and innovation in the Pacific Northwest.