Engage ICT

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

Come find out why you should care about the issues in our city, state and nation.

These monthly gatherings are held at different venues each month and will feature authoritative panelists and conversations on issues that touch your daily life.

Future topics include:

  • October | no gathering
  • November | Reaching your Reps: Knowing Who Represents You, What They're up to, and How to Contact Them
  • December | Sequoia Roots: How Your (Small) Actions Hold Others Up

Engage ICT is sponsored by VolunteerKansas.org.

Ways to Connect

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:

 

Panelists:

  • 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:

 

Panelists:

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

July's Democracy on Tap event, held at The Anchor, focused on "off year" elections--what's on the docket and why you should care. Here's the discussion:

 

Panelists:

  • Damon Young, Chamber of Wichita
  • Ernestine Krehbiel, former president of the League of Women Voters of Kansas
  • Dr. Ken Kriz, WSU Hugo Wall School of Public Affairs
  • Dr. Neal Allen, WSU Political Science

June's Democracy on Tap event, held at Roxy's Downtown, focused on the ins and outs of running for public office. There's a lot of strategy, and a lot of details, that go into it. Even if you never plan to try it out yourself, knowing the process can be useful.

Panelists:

  • Dr. Neal Allen, Wichita State University
  • Lamont Anderson, campaign manager
  • Tabitha Lehman, Sedgwick County Elections Office
  • Casey Yingling, secretary of Kansas Democratic Party

May's Democracy On Tap event, held at The Monarch in Delano, focused on federal and state legislation--like the Freedom of Information Act, Kansas Open Records Act and Kansas Open Meetings Act--that the public can use to be more informed. There's a lot of information out there--if you know where to look.

Panelists were:

  • Seth Etter, Open Wichita
  • Dr. Patricia Dooley, WSU Elliott School of Communication
  • Jean Hays, The Wichita Eagle

Audio of the event can be streamed here:

The March Engage ICT event was held on Tuesday, March 21 at The Anchor | 1109 E. Douglas from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. We discussed how the problem of homelessness reaches beyond those directly affected and into the community at large.

Our panelists included:

  • Denny Bender, Union Rescue Mission
  • Jan Haberly, The Lord's Diner
  • Officer Nate Schwiethale, WPD: Homeless Outreach Team
  • Jennifer Wilson, COMCARE: Center City

The February Engage ICT event was held on Tuesday, February 21, at Distillery 244 located at 244 N. Mosley. We're used to hearing about the importance of shopping local, but when was the last time you were asked to engage local? For February's Democracy On Tap event, KMUW brought together a panel of city and county officials to discuss civic engagement on the local level. Attendees learned what the city and county actually do -- and how we can get involved.

Panelists included:

January 11, 2017 at Roxy's Downtown

January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month, and for our first Democracy On Tap panel of the year, we featured experts who discussed the issue and its presence here in Kansas. 

Our panelists included:

December 13, 2016 at The Monarch

Engage ICT’s last Democracy On Tap panel of 2016, held at the Monarch, looked at the impact of the year’s elections from political, social and artistic perspectives. With so much of the past year focused on politics, our panelists discussed where we go now.

November 8, 2016 at Roxy's

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