The SNF Agora Institute is a multi-disciplinary academic and public forum dedicated to strengthening global democracy by improving and expanding civic engagement and inclusive dialogue, and by supporting inquiry that leads to real-world change. By building integrated partnerships with scholars, practitioners, students, and the public, we use research to identify and sharpen strategic choices that people around the world can make to realize the promise of democracy. We draw our name and inspiration from the ancient Athenian agora, a central space in the life of the city that became a place of open conversation and debate for all citizens.
The SNF Agora Student Engagement Board
The SNF Agora Student Engagement Board was founded in fall 2019. Each year, we will select up to 15 Johns Hopkins students to serve on the board. Applications are reviewed and board members are selected in the spring for the following academic year. The board meets once a month throughout the fall and spring semesters. Board members are expected to commit approximately 4 to 5 hours of their time each month. Participation is open to both graduate and undergraduate students. Board members will serve a one-year term that will be renewable upon mutual agreement.
The Student Engagement Board will work with SNF Agora faculty, staff, and leadership both to raise awareness about and participate in the development of our mission and presence on campus and in the broader community. Additionally, in an ongoing capacity, the Student Engagement Board will:
- Provide insights on ways that SNF Agora can embed/become relevant to the larger student population
- Serve as SNF Agora ambassadors on campus, including leading efforts to engage relevant student groups, programs, etc.
- Connect SNF Agora with studentsfor collaborations, outreach, engagement
- Support efforts to create SNF Agora programming, events, and activities for broader community
- Provide support for marketing and production of SNF Agora’s events and other activities
- Engage in select focus groups to provide student perspective on projects (such as the design of the new building with Renzo Piano Building Workshop, the development of relevant curricular and extracurricular offerings, specific program efforts, etc.)
- Have access/opportunity to engage with SNF Agora visitors, faculty, distinguished scholars, and fellows for special events, dinners, etc.
- Provide mentorship to new members and potential members of the Student Engagement Board
- Act as SNF Agora student representatives for meetings with faculty, trustees, elected officials, policy makers, and others
All interested students should complete the online application by Friday, April 17, 2020. Responses to application questions should not exceed 250 words.