Since 1986, the Political Science Department has hosted seminars on civic education for students, educators and the community at large. Over the years speakers have included academics, elected officials, policy experts and community activists as well as representatives from business and non-profits who join together around common themes to explore the role of civic education and civic engagement in the wider community. For more information on the seminar and the Munro Institute for Civic Education, contact Vernon Johnson, Program Director for the Munro Institute for Civic Education.
2019 Seminar for Civic Education
The 2019 Munro Seminar for Civic Education will take place October 22-23. The theme this year is “Education Policy from K through College” and our keynote speaker will be Professor Maria Salazar of the Teaching and Learning Sciences and Teacher Education Program, Morgridge College of Education, University of Denver.
Professor Salazar has become a leading voice nationally on “humanizing pedagogies, equitable and effective teaching, and college access and success for LatinX students.” Professor Salazar's lecture will be at the Harold and Irene Walton Room of the Mount Baker Theatre on October 22nd at 6:30 pm. The following day, Wednesday, October 23rd there will be two panel discussions held on the Western campus in Wilson Library: one on higher education and the other on K-12 education.
The schedule for the 2019 Munro Seminar is as follows:
Tuesday, October 22: Keynote Address
Mt. Baker Theater Walton Room, 6:30-8:00 pm
Rehumanizing and Re-professionalizing Teaching
Dr. Maria Salazar, University of Denver
Wednesday, October 23: Panel Discussions
Wilson Library Reading Room, 2:30-4:00 pm
Panel Discussion #1: Future of Higher Education: Vocationalism and the Liberal Arts
- Maud Daudon, Career Connect Washington and Chair of Washington Student Achievement Council
- Johann Neem, WWU Professor of History
- Senator Marko Liias, Member, Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee
- Kimberly Perry, President, Bellingham Technical College
Moderator: Steve Vanderstaay, WWU Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education
Wilson Library Reading Room, 4:30-6:00 pm
Panel Discussion #2: Diversity and Inclusion in K – 12 Education
- Liv Finne, Director of the Center for Education, Washington Policy Center
- Kate Destler, Department of Political Science, WWU – Charter Schools
- Veronica Velez, department of Secondary Education, WWU – Family and Community Engaged Teaching (FACET) Program
Moderator: Francisco Rios, WWU Professor of Education