People at information tables at an Economic Inequality Initiative event

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Three Northeastern Illinois University students have been chosen to participate in the Kettering Foundation's Fostering Deliberation on Campus Research Exchange on July 11-12 in Dayton, Ohio.

Daniela Artega (Communication, Media and Theatre), Rachel Hall (Inner City Studies master’s program) and Tara Shedor (Communication, Media and Theatre master’s program) will have the opportunity to learn from leaders of a nationally respected organization on how they can facilitate conversations that lead to collective decision-making.

The learning exchange will focus on how the collective action of citizens can be informed by sound judgment, which requires collective decision-making through public deliberation. Participants will explore Kettering’s definition of democracy as it relates to their own experiences and will return prepared to host deliberative forums on a variety of topics at their universities and in their local communities.

Northeastern was provided the opportunity to nominate students for this program due in part to its involvement with the launch of Kettering's new National Issues Forum Guide, “Making Ends Meet: How Should We Spread Prosperity and Improve Opportunity?” and its involvement with the American Democracy Project's Economic Inequality Initiative. The Economic Inequality Initiative at Northeastern is a partnership between the College of Arts and Sciences and the Division of Student Affairs.

The Kettering Foundation is a nonprofit foundation rooted in the American tradition of cooperative research. The foundation’s research is distinctive because it is conducted from the perspective of citizens and focuses on what people can do collectively to address problems affecting their lives, their communities and their nation.