Getting Back to Student Face to Face Engagement

In January 2017 I visited St. Petersburg College in Clearwater, FL. I was there to share with students approaches to engagement across political and cultural divides. This short video clip is from an activity where students considered how a politically conservative father might engage with his more progressive child on the topic of refugees.

Now that we have been in the pandemic for nearly a year, it strikes me how these students were sharing and talking with each other without the need for any concern about distancing. This is the way experiential-based education should be done, but things have changed of course. But I do look forward to working with students in this way soon!

Click below to watch the clip. It’s noisy, which is the way it should be.


Published by David J. Smith

I am a career coach, consultant, and head of a not for profit - the Forage Center - that offers humanitarian education training. I also teach at George Mason University and Drexel University. A one time lawyer, I spent many years teaching in a community college where I was a Fulbright U.S. Scholar teaching in Estonia. I'm the author of Peace Jobs: A Student's Guide to Starting a Career Working for Peace (IAP 2016). I've been married to my best friend for over 31 years and we have two well adjusted adult children who teach me something new everyday. I live in Rockville, Maryland.

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