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ERIC Number: EJ791306
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1086-4822
Learning Citizenship: Campus-Based Initiatives for Developing Student Change Agents
Roberts, Dennis C.; Huffman, Erin A.
About Campus, v10 n4 p17-22 Sep-Oct 2005
The phrase "social movement" typically conjures up images of pickets, massive crowds, and noisy demonstrations. An emerging approach to campus-based change, used in Fraternal Futures and other projects, is tapping into the small, the local, and the personally relevant. The Fraternal Futures deliberation initiative--a collaborative project of Miami University and the Kettering Foundation--is a campus-based process for stakeholders in fraternities and sororities to explore complex organizational problems and to consider alternative solutions to those problems. It acknowledges that many college students' core interests lie in the groups and organizations in which they find friendship, encouragement, and a sense of identity. Although it focuses on organizations at the local level, Fraternal Futures is also intended to demonstrate the importance of civic engagement in a broader sense. Experiences to date suggest that the Fraternal Futures deliberation initiative holds more promise as a catalyst for change than traditional techniques such as the use of motivational speakers, selective training of positional leaders, or enforcement of administratively dictated policies. The Fraternal Futures deliberation initiative, and others like it, offers a promising new model for educating students on civic engagement and change. (Contains 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ohio