Meeting Theme and Sub-themes


Theme: Advocacy for the Arts & Sciences:  What We Stand For; How We Stand Up For It

This meeting theme will include exploration of the messages that are important to us as Arts & Sciences deans, and the tactics and techniques that best enable us to convey those messages.  While this includes our relationships and messaging within the academy, the primary focus will be on external face:  policy-makers; public thought-leaders; the general public.  To stimulate thinking for presentations under this theme, we offer the following topics as suggestions.  Presentations related to the meeting theme need not be limited to these topics.


What We Stand For:  Issues to Consider

Topics under this sub-theme might include the following:

·       The role of the public university

·       The Arts & Sciences in a post-evidence culture

·       Fostering diversity of thought

·       Disagreement and civil discourse

·       Citizenship in today’s America

·       Cultural competency

·       Liberal Arts & workforce development

·       Competing agendas in higher education

·       Ethics


How We Stand Up for Them:  The Tactics and Techniques of Advocacy

Topics under this sub-theme might include the following:

·       Understanding your audience(s) and adapting messages to them

·       Building an advocacy communications strategy

·       Building alliances

·       Appropriate roles of students, faculty and donors in advocacy

·       The public intellectual & meeting the public where they are

·       Using pictures, story-telling and other modes to convey our message

·       Using data effectively in advocacy

·       Challenges & opportunities of using social media

·       Speaking for your institution vs. speaking for yourself


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