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Students Explore Immigration, Economic Policy and Income Inequity

American Democracy Project Town Hall April 25

April 8, 2014

More than 600 Cal State Fullerton students from three American government courses will be participating in discussions and presentations covering issues of immigration, economic policy and income inequity during an April 25 American Democracy Project town hall at Cal State Fullerton. The forum is free and open to the public.

Among those invited to attend are local city council members, members of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, and local state assembly and senate members.

The 1 p.m. program will be held at the on-campus residence halls, beginning with an open plenary session in the plaza adjacent to the Gastronome.

"The open plenary session will focus on the importance of student engagement and awareness in the public sphere," said Pamela Fiber-Ostrow, associate professor of political science and one of the three faculty members involved in the program. Students from the classes of Scott J. Spitzer, associate professor of political science; Karalee Watson and Bill Julius, lecturers in political science, also are taking part.

Following the plenary, the program will continue with smaller group discussions in which students will share their research and seek community input on the issues. In addition, "students also will share posters, slide shows and videos they have created to add to the conversation on issues of local, state and national interest," Fiber-Ostrow explained.

Following the breakout sessions, attendees again will gather to hear a panel of speakers discuss the issues further.

The American Democracy Project is a national initiative to foster informed civic engagement. Programs are hosted at college and university campuses around the country.

The town halls are being sponsored by Cal State Fullerton's Division of Politics, Administration and Justice, with support of CSUF Associated Students Inc. Lobby Corps and Student Housing and Residential Life.

"The town halls are an example of high-impact practices that have made a big improvement in students' learning and understanding of the issues," said Fiber-Ostrow. "Since we have been holding the town halls, we have noticed the increased involvement and excitement of the students participating in the program and student performance in Political Science 100 has improved."

Parking is $2 per hour or $8 for a daily permit. Details are available online.

For more information, call Pamela Fiber-Ostrow, 657-278-3467, or Karalee Watson, 657-278-6565.

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