“It just comes together at the end...it really does,” emphasizes recent political science alum Elise Eckert. She reflects on finishing an honors thesis and graduating during the transition to remote learning and discusses her future career plans.
Through the Civic Readiness Initiative, we aim to help students be better prepared to leverage the values and skills of a liberal arts education for civic engagement and public discourse. It is certainly not something they are seeing modeled in social media or in much of our politics. The job is ours to do in the liberal arts and we believe Minnesota is the right place to do it.
Deb Hopp and Kit Dahl led efforts that resulted in CLA’s new Civic Readiness Initiative (CRI), an aspirational plan to provide coursework options and a larger four-year framework for students to develop knowledge and skills related to social divisions and civic life.