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MSMU Organizes Forum on Millennials' Impact on Presidential Election

Oct. 13, 2008 -- Mount Saint Mary’s University (MSMU) is organizing a leadership forum on October 18 to spark a dialogue about how the millennial generation is impacting the nation and reshaping conventional politics in the current race for the White House. The millennial generation (born between 1982 and 2003) is the largest in American history, baby boomers included, and roughly 40 percent of them are African-American, Latino, Asian or racially-mixed.

The leadership forum will bring together local civic leaders, educators and students to explore how the millennials are using technology and other unconventional methods to transform the nation's political landscape. Participants also will engage in a discussion about the importance of encouraging youth to build leadership skills and effectively participate in public and community service.

"Millennials represent our very student population," says Bernadette Robert, assistant vice president for Student Affairs and Community Engagement at MSMU. "We're hosting this forum because it ties in with the leadership mission that our college is so well known for."

During the event, co-authors Morley Winograd and Michael D. Hais will discuss their book, Millennial Makeover: MySpace, YouTube and the Future of American Politics.
The book examines political shifts the country has historically experienced every 40 years.

The leadership forum also will celebrate the web launch of "The Art of Civic Engagement," an online journal that acts as an electronic portal for leadership exchange among civic volunteers, students, educators and professionals. MSMU is one of the website's key community partners.

"We're excited to hold an event focusing on the millennials because they're impacting not only our current election, but the American political system as we've known it," says Robert.

The leadership forum will be held from 8:30 am to 3 pm at MSMU's Doheny Campus, located at 10 Chester Place in downtown Los Angeles. The forum and civic engagement website were generated by the Solomon Leadership Foundation, a nonprofit organization that promotes effective civic leadership through the use of media and communications technologies.


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