Yearly Archives: 2012

By Silvena Chan At the Kettering Foundation last week, I doled out my usual uncompromising suggestions about community accountability: that it should be at the forefront of any institution or organization community engagement work.  I meant it, and I still mean it when I assert that constant commitment to accountability is the only way to […]

By Dan Parrish, C.S.C. Undocumented student access to higher education is a particularly hot topic in late 2012.  It is an issue that is not necessarily bound by partisanship, with post-election calls for comprehensive immigration reform coming from both the right and left.  Each year roughly 65,000 undocumented children graduate from secondary schools in the […]

By Betty Overton-Adkins, Ph.D., Clinical Professor of Higher Education About three months ago I arrived at the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good to assume a leadership role in partnership with John Burkhardt and a talented team of student-scholars and leaders.  While I have been connected to the Forum in many ways […]

What did you do prior to coming to the University of Michigan? I was getting a master’s degree in music performance at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. Why did you chose the University of Michigan? The Preservation of Information graduate program is one of the best in the country.  The fact that the school […]

By Esmeralda Hernandez The Community Engagement Team here at the National Forum is partnering with Focus HOPE on a project to promote dialogues around the topic of higher education in the HOPE Village community.  The project, funded by the Graham Institute, will involve a method called Community-Based Participatory Action Research (PAR).  PAR involves identifying those who […]

By Cassie Barnhardt, Ph.D. Over the past year I have been partnering with the National Forum on a Ford Foundation funded research project evaluating the contexts where college access and opportunity for undocumented immigrants emerged as a matter of public discourse and debate, and subsequently required some resolve on the part of campus administrators.  Our […]

By Angela Vidal Rodriguez Last October 31st , during the World Series Championship Parade, San Francisco Giants baseball player Sergio Romo sported a blue T-shirt that proclaimed, “I Just Look Illegal”.  According to NBC, his critics were wondering “if the message was appropriate, and they didn’t like that such a big sports star would use a […]

By Amy Puffenberger One might say that the very mission of the National Forum, The National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good will significantly increase awareness, understanding, commitment, and action relative to the public service role of higher education in the United States, is rooted in communications. Much of the mission’s key components […]

What were you doing before you came to the University of Michigan? I was an internship coordinator in Washington, D.C.  I came to U of M because of the National Forum and the philanthropy advancement program. When you think about higher education’s role in society, what intrigues you? I am intrigued by the doors higher […]

By Kyle Hines  Shortly after I began working at the National Forum in July 2010, our office received a phone call from the Once Upon a Time Foundation expressing interest in providing funds to the students of Dr. Burkhardt’s, “Philanthropy in Higher Education” graduate course.  The Once Upon a Time Foundation’s intent is to help […]