Giving Voice to the Northwest Corridor
During the summer of 2013, JCSU engaged community leaders in a conversation about the leadership of elected officials. The Northwest Corridor Indaba, in partnership with JCSU, conducted a special project called Giving Voice to the Northwest Corridor to better understand and influence effective political leadership and representation of the Northwest Corridor.
Instead of candidates telling the citizens of what they think or will do, the project sought to:
- Determine what the community wants from its elected leadership
- Create a candidate job description and
- Provide each candidate with the information needed to determine if a particular political ofﬁce is the job best matched.
The ultimate goal is for residents to create the job descriptions for their elected officials. By doing so, members of the community will be able to recruit leaders and provide potential candidates.
Residents of the Northwest Corridor came on campus in August for a half-day meeting to discuss results of the project, which included a citizens survey and discussions with political candidates about their views and platform proposals.
There are a number of open political seats, so there will be many changes. The mayor’s seat is open. At-large City Council members are running for that office, and district members are running for at-large seats. Newcomers are ﬁling to run at every level. Additionally, the school system is at a pivotal turning point.
Opportunity for change
All residents of the Northwest Corridor Community are invited to an INDABA leadership conversation on August 31, 2013 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.
This session will be held on the campus of Johnson C. Smith University in Biddle Hall.
During the session, we will share interview and focus group results and the proposed job descriptions for aspiring candidates. This will be an opportunity to have an open forum where candidates can share their views and platform proposals.
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