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WKU to host panel discussion on Kentucky Civic Health Index

The WKU Center for Citizenship & Social Justice will host a panel discussion about the strengths and weaknesses of Kentucky’s civic literacy and engagement at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 1) at the WKU Faculty House.

A panel discussion on the Kentucky Civic Health Index will be held Feb. 1.

A panel discussion on the Kentucky Civic Health Index will be held at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 1 at the WKU Faculty House.

Secretary Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Commonwealth’s chief advocate for civic engagement, recently released the 2016 Kentucky Civic Health Index, a report that measures the state of engagement and civic literacy in the Commonwealth. Grimes will moderate a discussion of the recent findings, featuring panelists Rep. Jody Richards; co-authors of the report, Dr. Saundra Ardrey and Dr. Eric Bain-Selbo of WKU; Mac McKerral of WKU’s School of Journalism & Broadcasting; and Jay Todd Richey, president of WKU’s Student Government Association.

The Index shows the Commonwealth improved in national rankings in social connectedness, community engagement and voter registration since Grimes released the first report in 2012. More Kentuckians are volunteering, making charitable contributions, and registering to vote. However, new findings revealed that fewer than half of Kentuckians have confidence in media, a decline of more than 10 percent in three years, and fewer Kentuckians are trusting of their neighbors. Overall, Kentucky ranks 48th in the nation, ahead of only New Mexico (49th), Montana (50th) and Utah (51st), for public confidence in media. The Index is available on the Secretary’s website at www.sos.ky.gov.

Collaborative efforts for developing this report was a joint effort between multiple state and national entities including the Institute for Citizenship and Social Responsibility (ICSR) at WKU, the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC), the McConnell Center at the University of Louisville, and the Office of the Secretary of State of Kentucky.

Refreshment reception will follow. If you would like to attend the CHI panel discussion and reception and will be driving to campus, contact ccsj@wku.edu for parking information.

Contact: Leah Ashwill, (270) 779-1836 or leah.ashwill@wku.edu

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