This class session will focus on volunteerism and civic leadership. We invite all alumni to join us anytime during this day. It will open with breakfast and two hour leadership module,facilitated by Dr. Janiece Upshaw. Dr. Upshaw is an Assistant Professor and serves as Program Coordinator for the Graduate School of Public Leadership at the University of North Texas Dallas. Her teaching is focused on increasing the quality of leadership in nonprofit organizations. She has also extensively researched the role of nonprofit leaders in building social capital before and after events of public violence. The Public Leadership program utilizes a “Community as the Classroom” model in which students interact with community leaders and organizations to prepare them for work in the public or nonprofit sectors.
Her points of discussion will be
- Citizen engagement has been interpreted by many to simply be a simple conduit of information: delivery of information to citizen and citizen response
- Citizen participation however, allows community residents, citizens and stakeholders to play an active role in plans, processes and decisions as is required by law.
- Understand the purposes of citizen participation and the strategies to implement them; discovering citizens' preferences; incorporating citizens' local knowledge; advancing fairness and justice; gaining legitimacy for public decisions; adhering to the law for government entities.
Following the Leadership Module there will be a luncheon featuring a Mayor's Panel and School Board Trustees Panel.