Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

March 26, 2009

Whitworth to Host Civic Engagement Colloquium for Spokane Community April 9

What: A Teach-In colloquium, "Access to Education; Opportunity to Serve"

Who: Students participating in Whitworth's Bonner Leaders program

When: Thursday, April 9, at 6 p.m.

Where: Multipurpose Room of the Hixson Union Building at Whitworth University

Cost: Admission is free. For more information, please call (509) 868-1820.

The goal of the Teach-In colloquium is to present the audience with issues related to the current political climate, both locally and globally, and to provide information about ways to become directly involved in solving some of those problems.

"How often have we considered the state of the world today and thought, 'Why doesn't someone just fix this?' but then forgotten about it and become absorbed in our own problems again?" says Kristina Kielbon, one of the students involved in the Bonner Leaders program. "The Teach-In will present tools for getting involved in programs that seek to empower disadvantaged communities."

The Teach-In colloquium will be divided into two 90-minute sessions. The first session will focus on local issues and will include presentations on the Greener Youth Campaign, the Living Wage Campaign, local impacts of the global recession, the Obama administration's economic plan, and the Main Market Co-Op that opened recently downtown.

The second session will focus on international issues and will include presentations on the School of the Americas/WHINSEC and the International Justice Mission. Also, Sajida Tabbara, Ph.D., a Fulbright scholar, will talk about her experiences as a Muslim woman living in the Middle East, and an Iraqi refugee living in Spokane will talk about her life in Iraq.

Funded by the Bonner Foundation, Bonner Leaders is a service-based leadership-development program that facilitates and increases civic engagement among students. Twenty-five Whitworth students currently are participating in Bonner Leaders.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of 2,600 students, offers 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Contacts:

Rhosetta Rhodes, director of the Center for Service-Learning and Community Engagement, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4238 or rrhodes99@whitworth.edu.

Emily Proffitt, public information officer, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or eproffitt@whitworth.edu.

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