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03-11-2013


Cumberlands to host Civic Health Initiative roundtable

Williamsburg, Ky. – On Thursday, March 21st University of the Cumberlands (UC), in conjunction with the Kentucky Secretary of State, will be hosting a Civic Health Initiative roundtable on campus in the Gatliff Chapel.

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes will be talking about the state’s first-ever Civic Health Index. The event is scheduled to begin at 9:30 am and is free and open to the public.

Kentucky is one of many states that do not have requirements to teach civics in the classroom to today’s youth. This prompted the Secretary’s Office to release the Kentucky Civic Health Index. The report examines various aspects of public participation, including voter turnout, political involvement, volunteerism, group membership, and community and family relationships, comparing performance among demographic groups and to other states. Overall, the report shows civic engagement in Kentucky is generally waning.

Now, Secretary Grimes is traveling across the state as part of her Civic Health Initiative, a statewide series of roundtable discussions at Kentucky’s universities and colleges to improve Kentucky’s overall civic health. While at University of the Cumberlands, Secretary Grimes will discuss the Civic Health Index findings and implications for the community. She will also go into the state’s civic initiatives and framing the local discussion.

To date Secretary Grimes has visited Western Kentucky University, Eastern Kentucky University, Kentucky State University, Transylvania University, Murray State University, Northern Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky.

For more information about the Civic Health Initiative roundtable event at University of the Cumberlands visit www.sos.ky.gov or contact the Office of Secretary of State at 502-564-3490.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; twelve graduate degrees, including two doctorate, two specialist and eight master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.