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Mary McGuire and John Suarez

Mary McGuire and John Suarez

Mary McGuire and John Suarez, Institute for Civic Engagement, conducted an “ignite” event, titled “’Hire’ Education, Public Purpose, and Student Employers” at Campus Compact’s 30th Anniversary Conference, held March 21-23 in Boston, Mass. This session used a “What If” approach to role-play in which the audience explored benefits of, and challenges to, a SUNY system that serves as a brokerage agency for college students. Examples included: Imagine a SUNY that refers students to professionals in their disciplines; students choose and hire professionals to be mentors; and students work with those mentors in applied-learning situations for the majority of their college educations.