CSU, Chico News

Town Hall Meeting Has Students Asking – and Answering – ‘What Is Possible?’

Date: 04-08-2013

Sarah Langford
Public Affairs
Ellie Clifford Ertle
Faculty Coordinator, Town Hall Meeting Program

Nearly 900 first-year California State University, Chico students will experience firsthand the impact they can have on government in a special Town Hall Meeting themed “What Is Possible?” slated for April 24.

Hosted by the Department of Political Science as part of the First-Year Experience Program, the Town Hall Meeting provides students with a public arena for discussing current policy issues with other students, faculty, administrators and community members.

The event, scheduled for 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., begins with a welcome and opening remarks in the Bell Memorial Union Auditorium, followed by breakout sessions around campus in the form of large-group discussions led by moderators. The evening concludes with a strategy session, with members of the campus and community serving as consultants to assist with next steps in the development of a plan for civic action.

Ellie Clifford Ertle, faculty coordinator for the CSU, Chico Department of Political Science Town Hall Meeting Program, says the program encourages students to engage with issues important to them and gives them tools to be a more complete and effective part of society in the future.

“The Town Hall Meeting is an opportunity for students to put into practice what they’re learning in the classroom and in their studies,” Ertle said. “It also allows them to connect with community members and policy experts and see for themselves the civic impact they can make when they get involved.”

Policy issues students will discuss at the meeting include homelessness, birth control and reproductive rights, California prison overcrowding, the state’s water politics, and campus alcohol and drug use.

For more information, please visit the Town Hall Meeting webpage, http://www.csuchico.edu/fye/thm/index.shtml, and Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/ChicoTownHallMeeting, and watch a video about the program, found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I91gLdFTceQ&feature=youtu.be.