College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Other Activities and Events

In addition to the Seminar for Civic Education and the Summer Institute, the Ralph Munro Institute sponsors other events aimed at facilitating conversations on topics related to civic engagement and current events. These include:


Fall 2016

Presidential Debate Watch, September 26:  The Institute co-sponsored an event with the Political Science Department and the PSA student club to watch the first Presidential Debate between candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.


Summer 2016

Click here for a link to "Healing Must Start With Action", an opinion piece in the Seattle Times by Munro Institute Director Vernon Johnson that appeared on July 17, 2016.


Cancelled--2016 Summer Program on Civil Rights in Washington from the 1960s to Present

Dear Friends, The Munro Institute summer class, "Civil Rights in Washington from the 1960s to the Present," has been cancelled due to low enrollment. It was a pilot project. We've learned some things about how to put it together. We are hoping to offer it again for the summer of 2017. Stay tuned to us online.


The Power of Civic Engagement

April 9, 2016

The Ralph Munro Institute recently hosted The Power of Civic Engagement, a series of panels addressing topics such as sustainability, political representation and change, racial justice, global citizenship and more.  The event featured keynote speaker, Pramila Jayapal, Senator (37th District) and Founder of One America.  Local filmmaker Julia Clifford also screened her documentary "Children of the Civil Rights,” a retelling of Oklahoma City’s sit-in movement in the 1950s. 

More information is available here as well as a copy of the conference schedule.  Please also refer to the Bellingham Herald announcement


Examining Race, Civic Engagement, and Citizenship Post-Ferguson: Where Do We Go From Here?

March 4, 2015

The WWU Ralph Munro Institute for Civic Education held a panel discussion and plenary session, Examining Race, Civic Engagement, and Citizenship Post-Ferguson: Where Do We Go From Here? at the City Council Chambers in Bellingham on March 4, 2015.  Panelists included: Craig Sims (Seattle City Attorney's Office), Veronica Galvan (King County Superior Court), Tali Hairston (The John M. Perkins Center for Reconciliation, Community Development and Leadership Training), Veronica Velez (WWU Education and Social Justice), Flo Simon (Bellingham Police Department) and James Bible (James Bible Law Group and former Seattle NAACP President).  For a link to the discussion, click here.