Continuing the Work after the 2018 Midterms

It’s Wednesday. November 7. The day after. The dust has not yet settled on the midterm elections. There are recounts to complete and runoffs to be held. Many of you have done an enormous amount of work to encourage students to vote. You have held events, organized registration drives, gotten people to the polls. So you might think I am going to suggest that you take a moment to step back, recover, reflect. You would be wrong. Instead, I am going to suggest that you look ahead and get right back to work. There are two reasons why now is…

The Civic Mission and the Anchor Mission are the Very Same Mission

There are many things to say about the state of national politics in the United States, which means there is much room for disagreement and competing interpretations. But one thing nearly everyone agrees about is that on the issues that matter most, we are very unlikely to see serious and sustained action in the foreseeable future. We are unlikely to forge a sustainable immigration policy or a policy to create economic opportunity for urban and rural communities that lack access to high-paying jobs. We are not going to act on climate change. We cannot ignore national politics, but we would…

Following Taylor’s Lead: Courageous Leadership in Standing Up to Hate

Taylor Dumpson, a 2017 Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellow, began her term as president of the American University student government this spring. When she did, she became the first African American woman to hold that position. As Taylor began her work on behalf of the students who had elected her, she was confronted, on the very first day of her term, with a racist backlash, as an unidentified person placed bananas in nooses on trees around the campus. The bananas were inscribed with the initials of Taylor’s sorority, a historically African-American association of women. When Taylor spoke out in response…

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