Detroit, MI 48202
Irvin D. Reid, President Emeritus and Sheila Cockrel need your help.
The Eugene Applebaum Chair in Community Engagement through the Forum on Contemporary Issues in Society (FOCIS) at Wayne State University is presenting the 2013 series of CitizenDetroit: Dinner and Dialogue sessions. Both sessions will take place in Midtown on June 6th and June 13th from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the International Institute.
After some brief presentations by several organizers of the event, we will ask each table of attendees to convene as a body to address the financial crises that are facing their cities. The exercise is intended to be a microcosm of the City of Detroit and its challenges.
However, we cannot do it alone. We need volunteers, like you, to play an important role in this dialogue as a Table Facilitator or Recorder.
- For purposes of this meeting, you would have the title of Emergency Manager or City Clerk.
- You will facilitate or take notes for a discussion with several Detroit residents. One resident at each table acts as the Mayor, and the others will serve as City Council members.
- The exercise will revolve around building a budget for the next fiscal year for a fictional city – a city in crisis that mirrors Detroit.
- Afterwards, your “city” will share your budget deliberations and we will present the findings to the group. A camera crew from the university will create a video of the discussions.
Any assistance you can give us will be greatly appreciated; we are interested in volunteers for one or both sessions. Dinner will be served at the training and sessions. The only requirement is that you attend a mandatory training and the sessions you sign up to work.
If you have time and are committed to making a contribution to this community engagement opportunity, please respond by May 8. If you have any questions, please contact (313) 577-5550.
Thank you for your consideration. We look forward to your favorable response.