President Drew Matonak, along with three students and the HVCC campus minister, are in Washington DC to attend the fourth annual President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge National Gathering.
President Matonak participated Monday morning in a panel on Community Service and Social Capital that includes a presentation by Dr. David Campbell of Notre Dame University, a co-author of American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us.
The president’s remarks demonstrated how community colleges are uniquely well positioned to influence community endeavors and to foster partnerships that promote a stronger society. He highlighted the many ways Hudson Valley Community College students make a difference by volunteering through the Campus Ministry and college clubs with outreach programs in the community, and working with the Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement that involves them in public deliberations aimed at bridging differences and identifying common ground to direct meaningful community change.
Other panelists were Dr. John Silvanus Wilson, Jr., president of Morehouse College, and Devorah Lieberman, president of the University of La Verne. Melissa Rogers, special assistant to President Barack Obama and executive director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships moderated.
The fourth annual President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge National Gathering offers an opportunity for students, staff, and administrators to share experiences, learn from experts and White House staff, who share a commitment to community service with an interfaith component. Participants have opportunities to tell stories about what is happening on their campus and celebrate ongoing work on campus and in the community.
Campus Minister Cylon George, Grace Harrison, president of the Student Senate, Joelle Connor, president of Circle K International, and Kari Stockdale, secretary of Student Christian Association, are attending the gathering.