Daemen Awarded Bringing Theory to Practice Seminar Grant

Daemen Awarded Bringing Theory to Practice Seminar Grant


Funds will Support Seminar on Engagement with Refugee Students and Communities


October 12, 2012



Contact: Mike Andrei

               Director-College Relations

               (716) 839-8472



“How might higher education institutions strengthen their civic missions through action research and projects? Which teaching and learning methods most effectively contribute to civic development?”


The Bringing Theory to Practice Project (BTtoP) has awarded Daemen College a $1000 grant toward funding a seminar addressing these and other questions. Recognizing the urgency and general awareness of recent studies calling for campus actions, BTtoP has recently placed special interest on supporting “Civic Seminars” in which diverse campus representatives participate in a seminar (or series of seminars) that discuss the civic mission of the institution and how the full expression of this mission can be achieved.


Building on its long-standing community engagement with refugee communities, scholarship on refugee and immigrant populations, and enrollment of refugees, immigrants, and international students, on Friday, October 19, starting at 12 noon, Daemen will be offering a Civic Seminar on the theme of deepening civic engagement, global competency, and service to the global community.   


Buffalo, New York, has a rich history of refugee and immigrant resettlement.  Student and faculty scholarship and community engagement in refugee communities have both coalesced, and increased interest by faculty and students in, work with refugees and has coincided with an increase of refugee, immigrant, and international students at Daemen.  This civic seminar and linked discussions will provide a generative conversation that will shape refugee studies at Daemen, guide actions for effectively working with the College’s changing student population and supporting the well-being of refugee students, and inform broader campus actions related to integrating global competency, a charge of Daemen’s Strategic Plan.


The Bringing Theory to Practice Project is an independent organization working in partnership with AAC&U and supported by the S. Engelhard Center and the Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation. More than 300 colleges and universities are connected with the BTtoP Project. In addition, more than 100 colleges and universities have received grant support provided by BTtoP to develop and employ campus action research and projects. 


Additional information can be found at http://www.aacu.org/bringing_theory/index.cfm .

For more information on Daemen’s upcoming seminar, contact Joseph Sahr Sankoh, PhD, Associate Professor, History & Government and Director of African Initiatives at Daemen jsankoh@daemen.edu or (716) 839-8448.



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