Engage ICT

Citizens and voters face monumental choices on issues that will define our future, and there is a great need for broader understanding of how what happens at the polls affects you. That's why, in January of 2016, KMUW launched Engage ICT: Democracy on Tap.

These monthly community conversations feature a panel of local experts and topics that touch your daily life.

Get your questions answered at the next Democracy on Tap on Tuesday, July 17, at 5:30 p.m.

Join us at Roxy's Downtown, located at 412 1/2 E. Douglas.

July's discussion on early learning kicks off the education mini-series. Stay tuned for details.

Engage ICT: Democracy on Tap 2018

First Quarter: Social Health

  • JANUARY 30 – Crime & Safety
  • FEBRUARY 27 - Mandating Health
  • MARCH 13 - Public Safety

 Second Quarter: Environment

  • APRIL 10 – Climate Change
  • MAY 8 – Energy
  • JUNE 5 – Sustainability

 Third Quarter: Education

  • JULY 17 – Early Learning
  • AUGUST 21 – Community Roles in Education
  • SEPTEMBER 11 – College & Beyond the Classroom

 Fourth Quarter: Community Building

  • OCTOBER 9 – Political Philosophy
  • NOVEMBER 13 – Guerilla Community Building
  • DECEMBER 11 – Art & Gentrification

Ways to Connect

We’ve talked about climate and energy, and on June 5 the Engage ICT: Democracy on Tap environment mini-series wrapped up with a discussion of Sustainability. We covered what businesses can do to minimize waste, what gardeners are doing to keep our soil healthy, and how you can do your part too. It’s was at Roxy’s Downtown.


  • Susan Erlenwein
  • Mike Hastings
  • Misty Cavanaugh
  • Nancy Larson

Here's the discussion:

And here's the video of the event that aired on Facebook live:

In May, we focused on energy. On May 8 at Roxy's Downtown, we discussed different types of energy generation and what's going on here in Kansas, from wind to solar to nuclear power and everything in between.


Our three-part Environment series began on April 10 at Roxy's Downtown with a discussion on Climate Change, from its broad extent to more specific effects on Kansas.


  • Rachel Myslivy, Climate + Energy Project Assistant Director
  • Ken Cook, National Weather Service Meteorologist in Charge
  • Susan Erlenwein, Sedgwick County Environmental Resources
  • Mary Knapp, KSU Weather Data Library, Department of Agronomy
  • Christopher Redmond, KSU Weather Data Library, Mesonet Manager

Here's the discussion:

The March Democracy on Tap event was held at Roxy's Downtown on Tuesday, March 13th. The topic: “Public Safety,” the third in our Social Health discussion series.  Our expert panel will discussed the fire department, EMS, infrastructure and other public services that contribute to your health and the well-being of our community. Panelists:

The February Democracy on Tap event was held at Roxy's Downtown on Tuesday, February 27th. The topic: “Mandating Health,” the second in our Social Health discussion series.  Our expert panel explored the laws intended to make our population healthier, from soda taxes, smoking and liquor regulations, to bike paths and everything in between.  Panelists:

  • Dr. Elizabeth Ablah, KU School of Medicine
  • Tom Shine, director of news and public affairs at KMUW
  • Becky Tuttle, Health & Wellness Coalition of Wichita

Here's the discussion:

The January Democracy on Tap event was held at Roxy's Downtown on Tuesday, January 30. The topic: Crime & Safety, the first event in our social health series. We discussed crime trends and how to make our community safer for everyone. 

Our panelists were:

  • Dr. Andi Bannister, interim director of the WSU School of Criminal Justice
  • Matt Johnson
  • Darryl Carrington, WSU community liaison
  • Wichita Police Lt. Wendell Nicholson

Here's the discussion:


The December Democracy on Tap event was held at Roxy's Downtown on Tuesday, December 12. The topic: Volunteerism. Reporters from KMUW News were on hand to share their experiences with community volunteers and to field questions from the audience. Here's the discussion:



  • Stephan Bisaha
  • Carla Eckels
  • Nadya Faulx
  • Deborah Shaar
  • Brian Grimmett

The November Democracy on Tap event was held at Roxy's Downtown on Tuesday, November 14. The topic: Election Trivia.

The September Democracy on Tap event was held at KMUW on Wednesday, September 13. The topic: The Art of Teaching: Innovations in the Classroom. Here's the discussion:



  • Becky Elder—Northfield School
  • Linda Amos—Wichita Montessori
  • Allison Stucky—Riverside Elementary
  • Kathleen Bastin—Coleman Middle

August's Democracy on Tap event, held at The Monarch, focused on Wealth on Health: The Impact of Debt on Well-Being, Here's the discussion:



  • Jeff Witherspoon, Consumer Credit Counseling Service
  • Dr. Sam Brown, Wichita State Hugo Wall School
  • Dr. Jessica Provines, Wichita State Counseling & Testing