David J. Smith a peacebuilding trainer and educational consultant, engaged the Clearwater campus community in exploring strategies for engagement at a time when differences characterize American society.
He shared strategies with students, faculty and staff that can be used in engaging those who hold different political, social, and world views in order to reach commonality and find shared opportunities. Smith works extensively with community colleges on conflict related issues and is the editor of Peacebuilding in Community.
Dr. Suzanne Preston, Professor in SPC’s Social & Behavioral Science Department, organized and lead the event. Dr. Preston has championed civic literacy and community engagement through her coursework, her advisory role for campus clubs and her Student Ambassador Citizenship Project that couples Student Ambassadors with individuals seeking U.S .Citizenship to prepare them for the U.S. Citizenship test.