Auburn’s College of Liberal Arts to co-sponsor forum on issue of high school dropouts

AUBURN – Auburn University’s College of Liberal Arts will co-sponsor a free public forum, “Making Community Decisions About Alabama’s Dropout Situation,” at Auburn University Montgomery’s Taylor Center, Wednesday, June 22, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The forum is for citizens interested in creating and sustaining more effective civic engagement in local communities on the issue of high school dropouts. Participants will learn what Alabamians are thinking and doing about the dropout situation in their local communities and also about successful local programs around the state.

The event is sponsored by the David Mathews Center for Civic Life and co-sponsored by the University of Alabama’s New College. The Community and Civic Engagement Initiative in the College of Liberal Arts works collaboratively with the Mathews Center on programs that foster infrastructure, habits and capacities for more effective civic engagement and innovative decision-making.

Information on what people throughout the state are thinking and doing about the problem comes from a report on the Mathews Center’s program Alabama Issues Forums, which has included more than 600 citizens in over 25 forums around the state to date.

The luncheon keynote speaker will be Deputy State Superintendent of Education Tommy Bice. Auburn University student and Mathews Center intern Stephanie Grant will introduce Bice.

The event is free, but space is limited. Go to www.mathewscenter.org to learn more about the event and register.

Contact: Mark Wilson, (334) 844-4948 (mwilson@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)