The Gephardt Institute and the Department of Political Science collaborate to offer one credit courses that teach students to leverage the political process to promote civic engagement.
These courses teach students about political rights and responsibilities. Students engage in dialogue, enact mock testimonials for seasoned community members, and learn how to be an effective player in the policy process. The class is taught by Tom Irwin, Senior Fellow in Public Policy for the Gephardt Institute. From 2007-2018, Tom served as Executive Director of Civic Progress. He is a graduate of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
“The class really encourages students to apply what they learn to whatever their interests or passions are. We learned how to understand opposing viewpoints, weigh the ethics of different decisions, and present their opinions succinctly. These skills go beyond the politics of policy making- they can be tools for a life of civic engagement.”
– Peter Birke, a student in 2011 and teaching assistant for 2012, now working for the Department of Small Business Services for the City of New York.