2021 Education for Citizenship Series launched

Education for Citizenship

Warmest greetings! We write today to draw your attention to the Fall 2021 launch of the Education for Citizenship Initiative (E4C), which continues the dialogue we began last year about how to engage deeply with respect and integrity when having critical conversations about diverse ideas and viewpoints in the classroom, the residence hall, with friends, with colleagues, and with family. This year's initiative is aimed at inspiring a thriving culture of active citizenship, with the goal of creating learning and engagement opportunities in which all members of the university community can participate in frank, meaningful conversations about our democracy and our world.

When you consider that our multi-racial democracy only took shape following the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, you can see that our democratic institutions and processes are relatively new and extremely fragile. Our social institutions rely heavily on the goodwill of our citizenry and—as we have learned in recent years—must be diligently protected and strengthened so they will endure the stress tests born of a new era.

When our educational enterprise was born more than 150 years ago, one of the bedrock beliefs was that the university would provide “education for citizenship” to its students, the people of Ohio, and beyond. While this was adopted as the university's motto, it also became a guiding principle for generations of Buckeye graduates who left this university armed with knowledge and critical thinking skills that accompany a liberal arts education. As co-chairs of the Education for Citizenship Initiative, we see this series as the logical extension of this critical Ohio State heritage—how to strengthen a culture of civic participation and active citizenship on our campus and beyond.

We will kick off the series during “Constitution Week,” which will include activities, events, and programming to both commemorate and cross-examine one of our country's most important founding documents. We invite you to join us for our signature event, a virtual panel on September 16, 2021, at 6:00 PM, titled, “Truth, Lies, and Social Media: A Conversation on the First Amendment in the Modern Age,” featuring national legal scholars and Ohio State students who will discuss the impact of social media on our perceptions and applications of the first amendment.

A full schedule lectures and programs is available at our Education for Citizenship events page. We strongly encourage faculty to integrate this robust programming into their courses and continue these important conversations.

All faculty and academic units are encouraged to send events and programs that align with the “Education for Citizenship” series to Dr. Sara Childers via e-mail (childers.23@osu.edu) for possible consideration and inclusion on the Education for Citizenship Calendar.

Thank you for all you do to make inclusive excellence a reality on this campus by furthering these important conversations.

Respectfully,

James L. Moore III, PhD
Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer
Executive Director for Todd Anthony Bell National Resource Center
on the African American Male
EHE Distinguished Professor of Urban Education
Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Keesha R. Mitchell, JD
Associate Vice President
Office of Institutional Equity

Lincoln L. Davies, JD
Dean & Frank R. Strong Chair in Law
Moritz College of Law