Tri-C Partners with The City Club of Cleveland On Humanities Project to Build Civic Engagement
January 19, 2016
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Collaboration supports the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Humanities Center
The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Humanities Center at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) has announced a partnership with The City Club of Cleveland to engage students in the community and foster leadership skills.
Mandel Scholars at the center will collaborate with The City Club throughout spring semester to better understand issues affecting Northeast Ohio. The project will culminate with a community forum in May.
The Mandel Humanities Center — which will hold its first class on Friday, Jan. 22 — seeks to teach students how to apply the liberal arts to challenges faced by communities.
“The City Club’s commitment to free speech and community dialogue makes them the perfect partner for our first group of Mandel Scholars,” said Lauren Onkey, chair and dean of the Mandel Humanities Center. "We're excited to open our doors and to commence the work of the center."
Tri-C launched the center to offer a unique liberal arts learning environment and cultivate civically responsible citizens to lead the region toward a stronger future. The center will offer classes, seminars, lectures and special events that contribute to the development of civic engagement.
Twenty-five students comprise the inaugural class of Mandel Scholars. The curriculum will include a special course introducing students to humanities disciplines while exploring how they can be applied in the community.
“The humanities form the basis for an informed and engaged democracy,” said Dan Moulthrop, The City Club’s chief executive officer. “We are thrilled to partner with Tri-C and the Mandel Humanities Center. Our mission overlap is so strong, we can’t wait to get started.”
The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation and the Mandel Supporting Foundations awarded $10 million to the Cuyahoga Community College Foundation earlier this year to establish the center.
The gift — the largest in the history of the College — established a permanent endowment to support the center and its initiatives, including a scholars academy for high-performing students.
It is anticipated that the academy will grow to include more than 200 student scholars a year. The College renovated a building at its Eastern Campus in Highland Hills to house the center and create a technology-rich environment for teaching and learning.