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Community Engagement Forum

The Community Engagement Forum (CEF) is a place where NDSU students, faculty, and area residents come together to learn, understand, and combat social justice and civic issues affecting local, regional, and global communities. When community leaders and engaged citizens unite, we can find solutions to today’s most complex and pertinent problems.  

The goal of the CEFs are to inspire citizens to take action towards addressing societal problems impacting our local, regional, and global communities by exposing participants to a diverse array of civic issues and providing an opportunity for discussion, planning, and action. Participants will recognize how individual knowledge and skills can be used to make a difference in society and see themselves as civic leaders in the community.

What to Expect:

Community Engagement Forums are hosted three to four times each semester at different locations across campus and are open to the entire NDSU campus as well as area residents. The CEFs are typically one hour in length and are held from noon-1:00pm. The topic of the forum changes each month, focusing on a specific social justice or civic issue impacting the local or global community. While the format for CEFs vary based on the topic, and could involve round table discussions, keynote speakers, panels and debates, each session ends with a discussion on opportunities for future action to address the issue being examined.

Past Community Engagement Forums include:

  • "Does what we eat impact our community?”- October 2014
  • “Does media impact our view of the world?”- November 2014
  • “What is diversity in North Dakota?”- February 2015
  • “How do women view success?”- March 2015

If you are interested in a certain topic to be discussed at a Community Engagement Forum, or have additional questions, please contact:
Hailey Goplen, Assistant Director for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement



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Last Updated: Tuesday, June 30, 2015 1:40:36 PM