2019 Annual Conference on Citizenship

 “Bright Spots: Local Leaders Inspiring Hope in America”

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October 29

8:00 am – 4:30 pm – Bridge Alliance Summit Pre-Conference events. Please contact Cheryl Hughes at cheryl@bridgealliance.us for more information.

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm -Convenings with Democracy Entrepreneurs, Civic Health Index Partners, and local leaders. These events are invite only, if you are interested in these events or would like more information, please contact conference@ncoc.org.

5:00 – 6:00 PM Opening Reception 

  • Welcome: Nicco Mele, NCoC
  • Artist performance by Regie Gibson

Dinner 6:00 – 8:00 pm

6:00 – 6:40 pm – Welcome

  • Eric Luedtke and Jheanelle Wilkins, Delegates of the Maryland General Assembly
  • Performance by Julie Yeeun Kim

6:55 – 7:15 – HOOAH Award Induction

  • Introduction: Michael Weisher, NCoC Board
  • Recipient: Mike Washington, Seattle Firefighter and Marine Corps Veteran

7:15 – 7:30 – Break

7:30 – 8:05 – Panel: “How Democracy Entrepreneurs Support Local Leaders” 

8:05 – 8:20 Closing

  • Performance by Yosimar Reyes

October 30: Celebrating Bright Spots and Taking Action in 2020

7:00 – 8:30 Breakfast 

8:30 – 8:45 Welcome

  • Introduction: Robert Orr, Dean of University of Maryland School of Public Policy
  • Performance by Regie Gibson

8:45 – 9:15 Spark Talks: Challenges of 2020

  • The 2020 Election and the Movement for Full Participation (Sam Novey)
  • Ensuring a Complete Count in the 2020 Census (Austin Davis) 
  • Facebook’s Civic Agenda (Crystal Patterson) 
  • ThinkTN Mayor’s Initiative
  • Facing History and Ourselves (Steve Becton) 

9:15 – 9:45 Transition and Musical Performance 

  • Alex Wong & Jesse Terry

9:45 – 10:45 PLENARY: What can YOUR community do to advance full participation in 2020 and beyond? 

  • Introduction: Jennifer King Rice, Dean and Professor, College of Education, University of Maryland
  • “Fireside chat” 
    • Moderator – Emma Vadehra, Executive Director of Next 100
    • Respondent – John King, former U.S. Secretary of Education
  • Response: Karen Nussle 

10:45 – 11:00  Coffee Break & Transition 

11:00 – 12:15 Sector-Based Action Planning Workshops

  • Higher Education – led by Jen Domagal-Goldman, Executive Director, ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge
  • K-12 Education – led by Abby Kiesa, Director of Impact, Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement
  • Nonprofits – led by Jeff Coates, Research Director, NCoC
  • Municipal Government Leadership and Corporate Civic Engagement
  • Facing History – Steve Becton, Director of Urban Education, Facing History and Ourselves

12:15 – 12:30 Networking & Transition to Lunch

12:30 – 1:30 Lunch & Awards

  • Performance from Terra Naomi
  • Civvy Awards presented by Caroline Klibanoff and Brian Clancy
  • Performance by Jay Nash and Chris Pierce 

1:30 – 1:50 Networking and Coffee Break

1:50 – 3:00 Deep Dive Workshops

  • Community Response to Misinformation 
  • Census Prototyping Session 
  • Facing Race and History 
  • Future of National Service
  • Local Leadership Simulation 
  • Facebook and Google’s Plans for 2020

3:00 – 3:30 Transition & Performance

  • Najya Williams

3:30 – 4:25 Growing Voters Beyond the 2020 Election

  • Presentation: Abby Kiesa (CIRCLE) on the Paradigm shift to “Growing Voters” 
  • Panel: “The Spectrum of Voter Engagement” lead Clarissa Unger (Young Invincibles) elevating local leaders from across the country

4:25 – 4:55 Performances

  • Terra Naomi
  • Dwayne Betts

4:55 – 5:10 Citizen of the Year Award Introduction

  • Awardee: Desmond Meade, President of Florida Rights Restoration Coalition

5:10 – 5:20 Citizenship Oath

  • Introduction of Citizen Recommitment by Barbara Stewart, CNCS 
  • Pledge of Allegiance led by Rev. Ryan Eller, Define American

5:30 – 7:00 Closing Reception & Party

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