University of Maryland, Baltimore County Student Government Association President, Kaylesh Ramu, shared some insightful words at the “Shaping Our Future” launch event in Washington DC on September 4th, 2012. Too bad she wasn’t asked to speak at the recent political
infomercials conventions. Her message about “co-creating our communities” is refreshing compared to the bipolar extreme partisan back-and-forth rhetoric that currently permeates what passes for leadership in our country.
Our student government went from a couple of elected officers to an organization that reaches out and has this philosophy that all 10,000 undergraduates at UMBC are our student government.Kaylesh Ramu, SGA President, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Kaylesh might be just one example of the kind of Millennial Generation post-partisan political leadership we need to improve the political dialogue and decision-making capability of our citizens, our communities, and our country. “We the people” (not just the people in Washington, not just the people in the state capital, on the county commission, in city hall, on the local school board or in student council) we are our government.
FYI, “Shaping Our Future” is a year-long national dialogue on the future of higher education. Through this initiative, students, faculty, administrators, employers, and members of the general public will engage and reflect on how colleges and universities might help our country tackle some of its most vexing problems. Engaging people in serious deliberation about higher education – and ultimately all of education – demands community-based conversations vs. just campus-based conversations. If you’d like to open up the dialogue in your community, check out how you can hold a forum on this issue in your community free of charge thanks to the Kettering Foundation, National Issues Forums and the American Commonwealth Partnership.