MWCC Center for Civic Learning & Community Engagement


  • Wednesday, May 29, 2013
    9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Thursday, May 30, 2013
    9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Breakfast and networking will be available each morning beginning at 8:30 AM.


  • $35/day OR $50/full conference

Registration closes May 23, 2013

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Wachusett Mountain Ski Area 50 Years

Wachusett Mountain Ski Area 
499 Mountain Road
Princeton, MA 01541

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Hotel Accommodations

For conference participants in need of overnight accommodations on the 28th and/or the 29th, the Wachusett Village Inn in neighboring Westminster, Massachusetts is holding a block of rooms at $79/night plus tax.  Please contact the Inn directly at (978) 874-2000 or click below to reserve your room -- and mention "Rooting Change" to take advantage of the block of rooms for our conference.  This block of rooms will be released after May 15, 2013, so please make your "Rooting Change" reservation by that dateWachusett Village Inn

Contact Information

Programmatic Questions?

Fagan Forhan
Experiential Learning Opportunities & Civic Engagement

Mount Wachusett Community College


Logistical Questions?

Neisha Boulanger
AmeriCorps Job Ready Member
Center for Civic Learning & Community Engagement

Mount Wachusett Community College



Discipline-Specific Think Tanks will allow for in-depth conversations around the Seven Revolutions, presented by the morning speaker, Scott Aughenbaugh, as a means to incorporate civic learning into existing curricula and programming. Facilitators will ensure conversation continues to move and addresses specific questions.

Breakout Workshops

  • Symbiotic Civic Engagement: Collaboration for Curricular, Co-Curricular & Institutional Change (Fagan Forhan, Greg Clement & Maureen Provost)
  • Civic Engagement and Generation Y: Not WHY, but HOW (Shelley Errington Nicholson & Neisha Boulanger)
  • Don't Rewrite, Add Layers to Learning: Civic Engagement Visually, Through Literature & in Philosophy (MWCC Bridging Cultures Faculty Fellows: Bob Mayer, Wanda Pothier-Hill, Shane Martin & Dan Soucy)
  • Who Needs a Textbook When You've Got The New York Times? (John Ryan, The New York Times)
  • The Democracy Commitment: The National Movement (Amee Bearne, National Coordinator of The Democracy Commitment)
  • Assessment and Evaluation: Moving Toward a Common Platform of Measurement (Ruth Slotnick)
  • Bridges and Walls: Democratic Engagement and Civic Learning in a Multi-Cultural Context (Chandrika Shah, Katherine DiMarca, Karen Oster and Carina Self, all of Middlesex Community College)
  • The Non-Workshop: Open Networking



Focused Working Groups will have the opportunity to review and make recommendations to the draft presented by the Task Force for the Department of Higher Education, focusing on the incorporation of Civic Education as a measured learning outcome across institutions of higher education. Working groups will work with individuals in similar roles at other institutions in an effort to maximize focus on the impact of different areas of our campuses.

The VISION for Civic Engagement in Higher EROOTING CHANGE Conference Logoducation

In honor of our 50th Anniversary and our commitment to civic education, Mount Wachusett Community College, in partnership with The Democracy Commitment, will host a two-day conference focusing on the integration of Democratic Practice and Civic Learning into curricula and programming. The Massachusetts Vision Project Task Force on "Preparing Citizens" will also be discussed, with focus on impact statewide and institutionally.

This two-day conference will serve as a pre-conference to The Democracy Commitment's annual conference, being held this year in Denver, Colorado from June 6th-9th. Funding through Performance Incentive Funds (PIF) are allowing us to extend very low rates to you in an effort to allow you to send faculty, staff and others who may not be able to attend otherwise.Democracy Commitment logo

Keynote Speakers

Scott Aughenbaugh 

Scott Aughenbaugh, Fellow and Multimedia Manager at the Center forStrategic and International Studies (CSIS), will speak about the Seven Revolutions, an ongoing research effort to identify and analyze the most important trends shaping our world out to the year 2030. In exploring the world of 2030, the seven areas of change identified are: population, resource management, technology, information and knowledge, economics, security and governance.


Gwendolyn Dungy


Gwendolyn Dungy, Executive Director Emeritus of Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA), will speak about the intersection of curricular and co-curricular engagement, and how higher education faculty and staff can collaborate to educate the whole student.  In her capacity as a national advocate for students and the primary spokesperson for student affairs administrators and practitioners, she draws on more than 40 years of experience in higher education.


On the first day of the Rooting Change conference, you will venture into deep discussions on the contextualization of learning for students through incorporation of civic education from both a global and a local perspective. You will have the opportunity to collaborate and challenge each other on ideas through think-tanks and breakout workshops designed to actively engage participants and elicit ideas that will work for your campus and your program.


8:30-9:00 Breakfast & Networking

9:00-9:30 Welcome & Introductions

9:30-11:00 Keynote Speaker: Scott Aughenbaugh   

11:00-12:30 Discipline-Specific Think Tanks  

12:30-1:30 Lunch & Wachusett Mountain Skyrides 

1:30-2:30 Keynote Speaker: Gwendolyn Dungy 

2:30-4:00 Breakout Workshops 


On the second day of the conference, the Massachusetts Vision Project Key Learning Outcome #5, Preparing Citizens. For participants only, the Task Force that has been working with the Department of Higher Education for the past year on development of recommendations for this measure will release a preliminary draft for input and review. Feedback, comments and input from this event will be considered for incorporation into the final draft to the Department of Higher Education.



8:30-9:00 Breakfast & Networking

9:00-9:30 Welcome & Introduction

9:30-10:00 Framing the Work of "Preparing Citizens": Shelley Tinkham, Assistant Commissioner for Academic, P-16 and Veterans Policy, Massachusetts Department of Higher Education

10:00-11:30 The Impact of the Vision Project's Movement to Prepare Citizens for Massachusetts Institutions and Beyond (Panel, followed by Q&A)

John Saltmarsh (Panel Moderator), Co-Director, New England Resource Center for Higher Education, University of Massachusetts Boston

Barbara Canyes, Executive Director, Massachusetts Campus Compact

Matthew Roy, Assistant Provost & Director of the Leduc Center for Civic Engagement, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

John Reiff, Director, UMass Civic Engagement and Service Learning, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Fagan Forhan, Director, Experiential Learning Opportunities & Civic Engagement, Mount Wachusett Community College

11:30-12:30 Lunch & Wachusett Mountain Skyrides

12:30-2:30 Working Groups will review the Task Force's draft to the Department of Higher Education

2:30-3:30 Recommendations for Consideration

3:30-4:00 Closing

Who should attend?
Faculty, Civic Engagement & Student Activities Staff, Administration, Institutional Development and Research

  • Discipline-specific thinktank breakout sessions
  • Implementation strategies for high impact practices, curriculum integration, assessment and evaluation, community partnerships, and institutionalization of civic engagement
MWCC 50th Anniversary


If you are in need of special accommodations, please contact Neisha Boulanger at 978-630-9435. In some cases, up to two weeks' notice may be required.