College students… get out the vote!

On September 26th at 3 PM EDT, Campus Vote Project <> will be hosting a virtual Town Hall focused on getting college students out to vote this November. Using Google Hangouts, the Campus Vote Project will be moderating a panel that will include Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie and other student voting advocates, and taking questions via Twitter and Facebook. The focus will be on strategies that election officials, college administrators, and student organizations have taken to help students register and vote. We will hear directly officials that have dealt directly with problems that students have encountered in their college communities and how to overcome those obstacles.

The sign-up page for the event is now live and can be accessed via:

We encourage you to promote this on your blog, Facebook page, and on Twitter. The event will be using the Twitter hashtag #CVPTownHall which is also how they will be accepting questions during the town hall.


President’s Interfaith and Community Service Challenge

President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge

The White House has launched a second year of the President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge with a special invitation to a national convening for all higher education institutions committed to advancing interfaith cooperation on campus. Please save the date on July 9-10, 2012 when colleges and universities will come together to celebrate the successes of the inaugural year and to formally launch the second year of the President’s Challenge. To indicate your campus’ interest in the second year of the President’s Challenge and receive more information about the July 9-10 gathering, please fill out this form and submit it to

Portland State’s Social Sustainability Colloquium

More of a Good Thing: Institutionalizing Healthy Democracy in Oregon and Exporting It to Other States And what problems could we solve using this process that unlocks the expertise in all of us?

Get an update on the Citizens’ Initiative Review (CIR) in Oregon and Healthy Democracy Oregon‘s efforts to help grow the effort in other Western states. Check out the new Healthy Democracy Fund website for a lot of the current activities and info on the history of the CIR project in Oregon.
Friday, April 13, 2-4pm
Location: Portland State ASRC 660, (Rec Center Bldg)

For more information on future events join the Social Sustainability listserv here and link to the upcoming schedule for PSU’s Friday Social Sustainability Colloquium.

April 25 webinar to explore data and research from 2012 Grad Nation report

The national high school graduation rate increased from 72.6 percent in 2002 to 75.5 percent in 2009, according to the 2012 update to the Building a Grad Nation report from Civic Enterprises, the Everyone Graduates Center, America’s Promise Alliance, and the Alliance for Excellent Education. On April 25 from 2-3pm ET, report authors Robert Balfanz of the Everyone Graduates Center and John Bridgeland of Civic Enterprises will conduct an in-depth webinar on the data and research from the report. more

Grad Nation Summit – Archived Webcasts!

Archived Webcast of Grad Nation Summit General Sessions Available

Anyone who was not able to attend the Building a Grad Nation Summit or watch the live webcast can now relive the experience online at the America’s Promise website. The two morning sessions and the two luncheon sessions are available for viewing. See key presenters such as Alma J. Powell, General Colin Powell, George Lucas, Arne Duncan, Michelle Rhee, Superintendents, youth leaders and executives from State Farm, Target, AT&T and many more. PowerPoint presentations and handouts from the Building a Grad Nation Summit sessions are also available.

Portland Action Summit – June 1, 2012


You’re invited! Join us for the
Portland Action Summit: Leadership for the Next Generation
Friday, June 1. 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Portland State University

On June 1, City Club, PSU, Oregon Campus Compact and other partner organizations invite you to join us at the Portland Action Summit, which will  provide opportunities for a diverse group of students, educators and community leaders to explore strategies for enhancing youth engagement.

The summit will include many interactive sessions including a:

  • We the People” competition
  • Policy charette moderated by Carole Smith, superintendent of Portland Public Schools and other community leaders
  • Friday Forum featuring three of our city’s most civically-engaged young citizens
  • Training Sessions
  • Partner Fair

Keep your eyes and ears open – more information coming soon. For more information, email Charity Fain or call 503-228-7231 x101.

City Club of Portland is a nonprofit, nonpartisan civic affairs organization that promotes civic engagement and active citizenship to build a stronger community. Through unbiased research and compelling programs, City Club connects citizens with ideas and issues that affect our community. City Club is open to everyone who wants to interact with other citizens and shape the future of our city and state, providing a neutral forum for many diverse voices. For more information about City Club of Portland, visit or call 503-228-7231.