by Web on January 16, 2018
The Institute for Civic & Professional Engagement (ICPE) at Millsaps College expands existing experiential learning programs to reach more students and provides the structure to coordinate these programs in ways that make specific connections to the academic environment and larger community, all while building upon the College's distinctive mission and addressing the needs of the city, state, and region. The ICPE acts as a bridge between our campus and the community—helping our students understand better the contexts in which ideas take root in the world and enriching the broader community by helping translate Millsaps' values to the world beyond our walls.
The inaugural newsletter for the ICPE provides a small, but significant, sampling of how the ICPE has been making a positive difference in the lives of our students and in communities well beyond our campus. The newsletter is available to read here.
In the newsletter, you'll learn, among other things, about Millsaps becoming the new academic home of the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty; the College being named one of the ten national centers for Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation; of our partnerships with Freedom Summer Collegiate, whereby high school students in underserved areas can earn Millsaps college credit before finishing high school; about our work with Chism Strategies to develop a high-quality State of the State survey for Mississippi; of our hosting a wide range of conferences and conversations, including StoryCorps and the American Pilgrimage Project, TEDxMillsapsCollege, a conference on climate change in partnership with the German Consulate in Atlanta, and a dialogue project entitled "The Divided State of America: How Can We Get Work Done Even When We Disagree?" And you will read about Noah Barbieri, Millsaps' most recent Rhodes Scholar, who eventually aims to return to his native state to drive economic progress.
The educational experiences portrayed in this newsletter—hands-on, holistic, and which embrace the robust exchange of ideas—prepare our students for life beyond Millsaps and equip them to apply their classroom knowledge to practical problems and to do so in contexts in which not everyone agrees with everyone else.
Keep abreast of developments in the ICPE at Millsaps by following us on Facebook and Twitter @MillsapsICPE, and you can sign up for our email list by emailing ICPE@millsaps.edu.