Eastern has been selected to participate in the National Association of Student Personnel Administrator's (NASPA) "Lead Initiative," a national effort centered on civic learning and democratic engagement (CLDE). Eastern is one of 73 institutions nationwide and the only four-year public institution in the state accepted into this program.
Kevin Kruger, president of NASPA, and Laura Sponsler, content director for civic learning and democratic engagement at NASPA, made the announcement.
In a congratulatory letter to Kim Silcox, director of Eastern's Center for Community Engagement, Sponsler wrote, "Over the coming year, you will participate in programmatic and scholarly activities to share information and resources, reflect on lessons learning through CLDE work on your campus, and collaborate with partners through webinars, special events, and the Lead Initiative blog. We are so pleased that you are a part of the initiative and I am sincerely looking forward to our work together."
"We are pleased to have been selected to participate in this program," said Silcox. "Eastern's new Strategic Plan reaffirms the University's commitment to supporting Windham's efforts to address the academic achievement gap of Windham students, and we look forward to using the tools and strategies developed through this program to further our partnerships with the Windham community."