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July 6, 2004

Birmingham-Southern becomes partner in national civic, political campaign

BIRMINGHAM , Ala.—The Hess Center for Leadership and Service at Birmingham-Southern College recently became the 17th partner in the National Campaign for Civic and Political Engagement.

Harvard University's Institute of Politics established the National Campaign for Political and Civic Engagement in 2003 to respond to the growing number of college students who have become disengaged from the political process.

The Institute of Politics now is working with colleges and universities across the country dedicated to the mission of developing civic-minded and politically engaged students in three key areas: a relationship with electoral politics, a focus on career development, and a foundation in civic education.

BSC Service-Learning Coordinator Kristin Harper and BSC senior Allison Stagg both submitted a strategic plan to the national campaign and will begin initiating the plan on campus this fall.

“This partnership with similar departments at other schools such as Harvard, Tufts University, and the University of Southern California should provide great benefit to BSC's efforts through increased access to shared information, best practices, and interactive learning through workshops and the institute's website,” says Jeanne Jackson, director of leadership and environmental studies at BSC.

The Leadership Studies and Service-Learning programs at Birmingham-Southern recently marked their 10th and 20 th anniversaries, respectively. Both of these programs and the new political and social engagement program are under the college's Hess Center for Leadership and Service. The center provides students with a comprehensive knowledge about leadership theory as well as a commitment to social responsibility.


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