The new undergraduate major, Citizenship and Civic Engagement, invites you to the first CCE Civic Leadership Lecture Series with Maxwell alums. The program will highlight three alums who have utilized their Maxwell education to become civic leaders in their respective disciplines.
This is your chance to learn more about Maxwell’s newest undergraduate program and, most importantly, to meet and network with current undergraduate students in Maxwell. Come introduce yourself and engage in conversations with motivated students who, like you, are looking to make the world a better place.
Michael Cox, Special Assistant, U.S. Department of Commerce
Nora Heaphy, Director of Development, InterFaith Works
Andrew Shapiro, Economic Development Planner, City of Salem, MA.
March 27, 2014
5:30-6:30 pm – Panel Discussion in Maxwell Auditorium
This event is by invitation only and is free of charge
Parking is available at the Irving Avenue Garage.
More about our panelists:
After college Michael Cox was a Teach For America Corps member in Brooklyn, NY. He then worked for Congressmen Maffei and Meeks providing policy counsel on judiciary, civil rights labor, healthcare, homeland security, Social Security, Medicaid-Medicare, small business, economic competitiveness, and education issues. In 2012, the Obama Administration appointed Michael to the U.S. Department of Commerce, where he helps to develop the federal economic development agenda, promoting innovation and competitiveness and supporting regional growth and success in the worldwide economy.
After graduating from Syracuse University, Nora Heaphy spent two years in Lesotho, South Africa, as a Peace Corps volunteer. After she returned to the U.S., she moved to California and worked as an instructor for the English Language Program at UC Berkeley. She has since served as the executive director for refugee transitions, the director of operations for the Nepal Youth Foundation, the deputy director of the Colin L. Powell Center for Leadership and Service at City College of New York, and the director of the Cahn Fellows Program at Columbia University. In her current role as the director of development at InterFaith Works, Nora utilizes all of her previous experience to raise money to support the social justice needs of Central New York. InterFaith Works programming provides post-settlement services to 400+ refugees a year, including ESL, job training and placement, and mental health services; they also partner with school and community organizations to address racism and provide resources to the elderly in Syracuse.
Andrew Shapiro is currently the economic development planner for the City of Salem, MA. He manages the city’s business loan programs, business recruitment and retention initiatives, and coordination with state and local economic development organizations. Andrew is responsible for guiding development projects through the Salem Redevelopment Authority and Design Review Board, and he coordinates all city-sponsored public art initiatives. Before his current appointment, Andrew worked for the American Bankers Association, the U.S. Office of Public Policy, the Planning and Zoning Division in Manassas, VA, the Community Redevelopment Agency of the city of Los Angeles, and the Boston Office Of Emergency Management.
What is the Major in Citizenship and Civic Engagement?
The Maxwell School’s new undergraduate major in Citizenship and Civic Engagement is designed for students who are already planning to study one of the social sciences, but who want more.
It’s for students who appreciate analysis, scholarship, and concepts, but who also wish to apply the analytical tools of the classroom to solving real-world social problems.
With its fundamentally interdisciplinary curriculum, Citizenship and Civic Engagement serves that special goal. Students enroll in the program as a second major – in addition to one of the social science departments also based at the Maxwell School, or a related discipline outside of Maxwell with a substantial focus on the social sciences.* The concepts learned through the social sciences resound through the Citizenship and Civic Engagement major’s emphasis on breadth, engagement, and action.
At the same time, the Citizenship and Civic Engagement major is a strong step toward a meaningful career. Students work with faculty mentors who not only help see them through their coursework, but who guide students in major research projects that connect to real-world issues and point toward post-college roles that make a difference.
The Citizenship and Civic Engagement major is consistent with the School’s unique mission, as defined by founder George Maxwell. He wanted his school to educate students about the opportunities and responsibilities of citizenship. As a result, the study of the social sciences at Maxwell has always been imbued with a sense of civic responsibility. Conversely, the teaching of citizenship has always tapped into the expertise of all the social science disciplines.
The Citizenship and Civic Engagement major offers undergraduates the chance to tap directly into this legacy of the Maxwell School.
To learn more about this new major, visit the CCE website.