April 11, 2017

Rural and Urban Values Dialogue (April 2017)

FSU Leadership Studies Residency Program Features Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle at Dialogue and Poetry Event

Members of the grassroots public policy think tank Leadership of a Beautiful Struggle (LBS) will visit Frostburg for the annual Leadership Studies residency program at FSU from Tuesday, April 18, through Thursday, April 20, 2017. The residency program offers opportunities for campus and community members to interact with leadership scholars or practitioners to learn about the interdisciplinary nature of leadership.

As part of the residency, a community dialogue, “Rural and Urban Values,” is being convened by the FSU Communication Leadership Lab on Wednesday, April 19, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Frostburg Community Center at 27 S. Water St. The public is invited to participate in this moderated discussion to explore understandings of rural and urban culture and politics and how they intersect around common concerns in the region. The session will be co-moderated by Tara Taylor, director of Education and Outreach at the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights; Dr. Elesha L. Ruminski, FSU associate professor of Communication Studies and coordinator of Leadership Studies; and Dr. Diane McMahon, associate professor of Sociology and faculty director of Service Learning and Civic Engagement at Allegany College of Maryland. Refreshments will be provided.

Originating in 2010, LBS promotes transformative change in Baltimore and emphasizes the power of public debate through its mission to advance the public policy interest of Black people in Baltimore through youth leadership development, political advocacy, autonomous intellectual innovation and coordinated efforts with volunteers called “Community Sustainers” (http://lbsbaltimore.com).

LBS members Lawrence Grandpre, director of Research, and Dayvon Love, director of Public Policy and Research, will visit classes and interact with members of campus and student leadership at a networking lunch and open discussion session. Classroom and session discussions will include what LBS offers as strategies for addressing institutionalized racism, building interracial coalitions and organizing collective action and legislative advocacy and their co-authored LBS book, “The Black Book: Reflections From the Baltimore Grassroots” (2014).

Events will conclude with LBS cultural curator Lady Brion emceeing an open mic poetry event on Thursday, April 20, at 6 p.m. at the Lyric Theatre at 20 E. Main St. Students will be invited to share their poetry and prose.

This experiential learning program is supported in part by the FSU Foundation, African American Studies program, the Black Student Alliance, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Office of Student Affairs and the local branch of the NAACP.

For info on the leadership residency events or the Leadership Studies minor, see www.frostburg.edu/dept/lead or contact Ruminski, coordinator of the minor and Communication Leadership Lab, at elruminski@frostburg.edu or 301-687-4480.