November SLCE Conference Discusses Turning Passion into Action

December 5, 2019

The Service-Learning and Civic Engagement (SLCE) conference is a full-day opportunity to share success strategies among students, faculty, and staff at institutions throughout Maryland, D.C., and Delaware on the topics of community service, service-learning and civic engagement. This year, it was held on November 16 at the University of Maryland, College Park Stamp Student Union.

Poster Presentations happened right lunch, and addressed a range of topics from campus activism, to HIV screening, and initiatives to support students who are parents. Workshops throughout the day challenged participants to think differently about engaging with their communities, while also encouraging them to turn their passion for their communities into impactful action. See the full agenda in our SLCE event pages.

Keynote Speaker

Raaheela Ahmed (UMD ‘15) is the elected representative for the Prince George’s County Board of Education, District 5, representing over 80,000 people in Maryland. She also served as the SLCE 2019 Keynote speaker.  This lifelong Prince Georgian and product of Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) was elected to office in November 2016 with 57% of the vote from 32,000 supporters without any political establishment support. She first ran for the position in 2012 as an 18-year old, and nearly won.

Ahmed resonated with listeners through her straightforward demeanor in addressing issues that she has faced as a minority, and as a headscarf-wearing woman in an elected position. One big takeaway from her talk was the importance of seeking truth when making decisions that will affect her community.

CCMA Award Winners

During lunch, CCMA had the opportunity to present our awards to the 2019 award winners. More information is here.

SLCE Award Winners

At the end of the day, the SLCE conference presented its awards for students, faculty, and staff committed to engaging with their communities. More information is here.