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Citizens Campaign Events

The Citizens Campaign aims to educate all Americans to the fullness of their political power and to introduce them to the shared experience of public service performed by participating in No-Blame Problem Solving of public issues. They believe that this is the best way to expand our Country’s leadership and problem-solving capacity. They also believe that fairness in public policy is best achieved when all citizens have the know-how to fully exercise their political power. Finally, the Citizens Campaign believe that policy solutions requiring long term implementation, such as those addressing climate change, cyber security, and pandemic prevention, are best achieved when there is a No-Blame, solution-focused political culture. Learn more at: See our co-sponsored events below. 

Closing the Civic Empowerment Gap

Date/Time: Thursday, October 5, 2023 at 1:00 PM ET

In her book No Citizen Left Behind, Meira Levinson outlines the dimensions of the civic empowerment gap in the U.S., one where students of color and students in under-resourced communities are much less likely to receive education in civic skills and knowledge. This translates into lower participation and poorer representation of their interests in government at every level. With this session, learn from Minority Serving Institution (MSI) leaders how civic skills training is being offered to students and to the broader community to address the civic empowerment gap. Hear about opportunities to bring this training to your institution through undergraduate curriculum, distance learning, professional development, and other programs.  

Moderated by Marybeth Gasman, Samuel DeWitt Proctor Endowed Chair in Education and Distinguished Professor, Rutgers University

Panelists include

  • Larry Johnson, President, Guttman Community College
  • Veronica Reyna, Associate Director, Center for Civic Leadership, Rice University
  • Rowena Tomaneng, President, San Jose City College
  • Meira Levinson, Professor of Education; affiliate, Justice In Schools, Harvard Graduate School of Education



Training Citizen Leaders at MSIs: Building Power Beyond the Ballot

Date/Time: August 17, 2023 at 1:00 PM ET

Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) have a mission to empower their students, not only as thinkers and workers but as citizen leaders who engage in public life “beyond the ballot.” MSIs play a crucial role in providing adult civic skills training that prepares people to use their power as citizens to make their communities stronger. In this session, MSI faculty and administrators have the opportunity to get a glimpse into Leadership and No-Blame Problem Solving training and hear about opportunities to bring these trainings to your institution through undergraduate curriculum, continuing education, professional development, and other programs.

Moderated by Marybeth Gasman, Samuel DeWitt Proctor Endowed Chair in Education and Distinguished Professor, Rutgers University 

Panelists include: 

  • Harry Pozycki, Founder & Chairman, The Citizens Campaign
  • Pamela E. Scott-Johnson, Co-Chair, The Citizens Campaign, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Spelman College
  • Tonya Amankwatia, Assistant Vice Provost, Distance Education & Extended Learning, North Carolina A&T University
  • Diane Hill, Assistant Chancellor, University-Community Partnerships, Rutgers University