Mercado-Liegi Named an Inaugural Civic Education and Engagement and Civil Discourse Fellow

Ashley Mercado-Liegi, assistant director of Stony Brook University’s Center for Civic Justice, was one of 10 people selected to the State University of New York’s inaugural class for the Civic Education and Engagement and Civil Discourse Fellowship.

SUNY Chancellor John B. King, Jr. announced the inaugural class on March 5. The 10 fellows were selected to advance SUNY’s shared commitment to civic engagement as an essential outcome of higher education and will work to promote civic discourse among students, faculty, and staff across campus communities.

“SUNY is committed to being a place of inclusion and inquiry. SUNY’s colleges and universities have long been bastions of civic engagement and civil discourse where students learn to become better, more engaged citizens as part of the path to academic achievement,” King said. “Each of the 10 fellows have extraordinary accomplishments and their collective experiences will help ensure SUNY continues to lead in promoting civic engagement across the system and inspiring generations of socially responsible SUNY graduates.”

“Civic engagement is waning and civil discourse is under attack as misinformation and strife threaten to divide us. SUNY’s campuses must lead the way by creating and maintaining intellectually open environments entirely free of discrimination and harassment,” said the SUNY Board Trustees in a statement.  “That means teaching and leading, in how we construct courses, in how we instruct students, and in how we both support and moderate expression in our communities and safeguard our community members. The caliber of our inaugural fellows is second to none — all exhibit excellence in their field of study, three are Fulbright scholars. They are among the best of our faculty, and I am proud to celebrate their accomplishments, and congratulate each fellow for taking on this important work.”

The fellows will:

  • Foster the development of and facilitate a faculty/staff Community of Practice focused on civic education and engagement.
  • Gather and amplify resources for faculty to use when developing content for SUNY’s new U.S. History and Civic Education and Engagement general education requirement.
  • Develop and co-lead a learning convening in Fall 2024 to showcase SUNY activities, including highlighting intersections between civic education and engagement and other topics like sustainability.
  • Help inform a civic education and engagement strategic plan while assisting in the identification of data needs and data gathering.
  • Coordinate with campus Student Government representatives on civic education and engagement matters.

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