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Westminster offering public workshop on community changemaking

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Posted on Tuesday, January 9, 2024

The Office of Professional Development and Community Engagement at Westminster College is launching a new educational initiative this January and local residents interested in effecting positive change in the community are invited to participate.

Beginning on Thursday, Jan. 18, the seven-week workshop “Changing the World, One Community at a Time” will run each Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at the McGill Memorial Library on Westminster’s campus. The final session will be held Thursday, Feb. 29.

Open to community members and Westminster students, the workshop will challenge how participants think about how small- and large-scale change happens in the world and will feature a variety of speakers, hands-on experiences and active bridge-building between Westminster’s campus and the local community. Participants will reflect on their perspectives on how change happens and evaluate the assets and challenges of their community, ultimately contributing to a small, collaborative project that feeds a big picture for growth.

“The goal for this workshop is to foster changemaking and to serve as a springboard for future collaborations between Westminster College and the community,” said Dr. Helen Boylan, faculty fellow for community engagement and coordinator of the program.

This pilot program is open to any Lawrence or Mercer County community members for an administrative fee of $25. The fee can be waived for those with need. For additional information about the program and to enroll, please contact Boylan at 724-494-4737 or