The Antioch University New England Center for Civic Engagement conducts deliberative dialogue forums engaging a broad and diverse citizenry in order to address challenging community issues, resulting in collective decisions for community action and sustainable civic engagement.
The Center has actively participated in three Kettering Foundation Centers for Democratic Public Life workshops, focused on bringing new organizations into deliberative practice.
The CCE has recently held three forums:
Forum 1: Democracy Depends on Voter Participation? Why is there a lack of voter participation?
Forum 2: How do we Ensure a Prepared and Thriving Workforce?
Forum 3: End of Life: What Should We do for Those Who Are Dying?
<!– Jason Rhoades, PhD, Co-Director of the AUNE Center for Civic Engagement
Dr. Jason Rhoades is a professor and researcher at Antioch University New England. He currently teaches in the Department of Environmental Studies and the Department of Management with a focus on environmental policy, sustainability, community engagement, and project planning and management. His research centers on engaging underrepresented groups in collaborative decision making to foster social and environmental justice. In his role as Co-Director for the Center, Dr. Rhoades contributes 10 years of experience and expertise in the design, facilitation, and evaluation of participatory processes. His highest degree is a PhD in Environmental Studies from Antioch University New England.–>
Molly Kelly, Acting Director of the AUNE Center for Civic Engagement
Molly Kelly has resided in New Hampshire for the past 38 years, and is the acting Director for the AUNE Center for Civic Engagement (CCE). Prior to her current responsibilities, Ms. Kelly held the position as the NH State Senator for Senate District 10. During her tenure as State Senator, she was a leading voice in creating innovative solutions to grow a 21st century economy with a focus on providing an opportunity for a quality education for all students, equal access to healthcare, a commitment to women’s equality and initiating progressive legislation for alternative and clean energy. As well, as a consultant for Educational Strategic & Innovative Consulting, Ms. Kelly has researched and advised clients on educational strategies that advance innovative educational objectives and outcomes. As Director of the Center for Civic Engagement, she conducts deliberative dialogue forums addressing important and controversial issues with a diverse citizenry building capacity for community action. She received extensive training through the Kettering Foundation Seminars: “Centers for Public Life: Bringing New Organizations Into Deliberative Practice. Ms. Kelly has a legal education, a background in financial advising, managing a higher education satellite campus, a home health care and hospice organization, and a group home for the mentally ill and developmentally disabled. Ms. Kelly currently holds a Juris Doctor of Law Degree from Franklin Pierce Law Center and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Keene State College. She and her husband reside in Harrisville, NH.
Bridey Scully, Doctoral Fellow for the AUNE Center for Civic Engagement
- Bridey is a doctoral student in the Peace Corps, Environmental Studies PhD program. Her experience is rooted in philosophy, ethics, politics, and community outreach. She brings an interdisciplinary perspective to the Center and believes deeply in the deliberative dialogue method and approach. Bridey works with the Co-Directors of the Center, as well as various community members and organizations to propel the mission and vision of the Center, by encouraging and facilitating civic engagement.–>