Government Students Attend New Speaker Series

Local leaders are visiting Chaminade Julienne through the month of January as part of a new Government Speaker Series.

"The speakers are all people who have experience working at the intersection of different partnerships in Dayton that make the community work and thrive, especially those with a unique understanding of the realities of nonprofit life from being in the trenches of it," said the organizer of the lectures, Dominic Sanfilippo. "By the end of the month, there will be an array of people who work in the three rough 'divisions' society- government and public service, for-profit organizations, and community and nonprofit organizations- that all have a fluid grasp of the partnerships that need to unfold to solve problems and improve ordinary life for our community."

On Monday, January 9, four speakers shared their experiences to junior and senior government students. Ellen Yoder, the Farm Programs Coordinator at Mission of Mary Cooperative, Rhonda Mercs and Michelle Sherman with ECHO (Empowering Children with Hope and Opportunity, formerly UCDRC or the Urban Childhood Development Resource Center), and Mike Brill from the Montgomery County Auditor's Office.

Yoder and Sanfilippo are members of the inaugural Marianist PULSE (Partners in Urban Leadership, Service and Education) program through the University of Dayton.

"When I started my job for PULSE at CJ, one of the key ideas for my job description was to bring in speakers at the beginning of this semester related to nonprofits and community organizations," Sanfilippo noted.

Another goal of Sanfilippo's is to create space for speakers so they can share any wisdom and insight they may have gained by working in the community.

"We want to help students further appreciate the interconnections and shared values between the different organizations that make up our civil society in Dayton (and our country) and help it work, along with opening students' eyes to career, vocational, and volunteer opportunities and paths they might not have thought of as they approach the end of their time at CJ."

On Tuesday, January 17, former Ohio State Board of Education member, Dayton Municipal Court and Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge and non-profit board member A.J. Wagner is scheduled to speak with students.

Posted January 10, 2017