University to Host ‘On the Table’ Community Forum


On the table The University will host discussions about pressing community issues as part of the On the Table initiative championed by the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties.

The conversations are designed to bring all residents to the table to collaborate, elevate civic dialogue and make their voices heard, according to the Community Foundation.

Across both counties, more than 4,000 residents came together for On the Table last year, the first for the initiative. This year, On the Table participants will take a deeper look at housing, economic security and education — three key issues that came up in initial discussions.

The University’s On the Table discussion will occur 11 a.m. to noon Nov. 13 in the Lassiter Student Center, said Assistant Director of Workship Nathan Chau. About 50 students, staff and faculty participated in a similar discussion last year, he said.

 “It seems so appropriate for Workship to be a part of this, because we want students to be civically engaged in their communities,” Chau said.

The conversation will open with the question “What do you love about your community?” before participants delve into how to address issues the community faces, Chau said.

The conversation lasts about 45 minutes, with 15 minutes at the end for participants to fill out a survey. The Community Foundation analyzes the results and uses them to identify grant making priorities, Chau said. The foundation organizes On the Table with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Anyone who is unable to participate in the On the Table discussion in the student center may coordinate their own. Any person in Palm Beach or Martin County can host or attend a conversation at community centers, restaurants, libraries, home or offices.

Register for the Nov. 13 talk here.


Photo: Students promote On the Table community conversations.