Now Accepting Suggestions for the 2014–2015 Annual Public Affairs Theme

The Office of the Provost is accepting proposals for the 2014–2015 annual Public Affairs theme.  As is the case with this year’s theme of Inclusive Excellence and 2013–2014 theme of Global Perspective: Why it matters, the intent is to identify and adopt a theme that can permeate the campus community for the academic year.

While Public Affairs themes generally focus on challenges in public policy or issues confronting our world, you are encouraged to submit any and all ideas.  The ultimate theme will be developed in a collaborative manner involving representatives of the university community; these individuals will be looking for a concept that can engage and excite the campus and provide meaningful opportunities for learning

The intent is for the annual Public Affairs theme to be selected two years in advance so the theme can be incorporated into SOAR materials for students as well as in the planning of the multitude of Public Affairs activities, including the selection of the common reader for first year students and others in the campus community.

In addition to serving as the focal point of the annual Public Affairs Conference, the theme should be broad enough to be used in a wide variety of both curricular and co-curricular activities, yet focused enough to be illustrative of our public affairs components: community engagement, cultural competency and ethical leadership.

Proposals should include a brief (1 page) description of the theme and how it would fulfill the above criteria (including specific examples of curricular and co-curricular activities that could take place).  Because the Associate Provost for Student Development and Public Affairs will select a Provost Fellow to coordinate the year-long activities, and in particular, to serve as the coordinator of the 2015 Public Affairs Conference, proposals including the name(s) of potential Fellows are encouraged.

Questions?  Contact either Mary Ann Wood or Dr. Rachelle Darabi.  Send all proposals to Dr. Rachelle Darabi, Associate Provost for Student Development and Public Affairs by Friday, November 15.  We plan to have the theme selected by December 15 .

Find more information about other events in this week’s Provost Communiqué.

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