Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Interactive Workshop on Civics and Community Engagement 

“We the People: Civics, Community and Engagement”, an interactive workshop focusing on citizen and community engagement from local government to community-based project development, will be held at the Roeliff Jansen Community Library on Tuesday, October 2, at 6:30 pm. Led by Bard College’s Dean for Civic Engagement, Erin Cannan, workshop participants will consider the wide range of resources available through government, community associations/organizations and citizen action that can help residents find mechanisms to realize their community’s aspirations.  This is a non-partisan workshop focused on the mechanics of citizenship and will include an opportunity for participants to brainstorm ways to engage in community.

Erin Cannan is one of the founding members of Bard’s Center for Civic Engagement, which was launched eight years ago. Erin helps students hone critical skills, build professional networks and connect the life of the mind with action in the world through a variety of project-based initiatives including international conferences, career workshops, activist trainings and engaged liberal arts and science courses.

Erin’s local work in the Red Hook community began in 2006 when she ran for Red Hook Town Board.  In response to the economic downturn, Erin launched Red Hook Together, a local initiative that brings local leaders from government, schools and businesses to together to improve communication and coordinated planning. Erin’s volunteer work includes board membership on the Red Hook Education Foundation and the ValKill Partnership as board secretary.