College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Ralph Munro Seminar for Civic Education

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 took place October 22-23.  The theme this year was “Education Policy from K through College”  and our keynote speaker was 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 was held 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 were two panel discussions held on the Western campus in Wilson Library: one on higher education and the other on K-12 education.

Please find the schedule and links to video presentations for the 2019 Munro Seminar below:

 

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

Panelists included:

  • 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

Panelists included:

  • 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

 

Past seminars

2018 Munro Seminar for Civic Education

2017 Munro Seminar for Civic Education

2016 Munro Seminar for Civic Education

2015 Munro Seminar for Civic Education

2014 Munro Seminar for Civic Education

2013 Munro Seminar for Civic Education

2012 Munro Seminar for Civic Education