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Concordia Celebrates Student Civic Engagement

Concordia University, St. Paul celebrated civic engagement by its faculty and students in a special ceremony at the Minnesota State Office Building April 3.

In the current legislative session, Concordia students from a political science class under the leadership of Professor Jayne Jones, with the assistance of 10 legislators, introduced six bills on various issues, including legislative immunity, STEM education, and social media privacy. Concordia will honor the 10 legislators from the Minnesota House and Senate who served as chief authors and mentors to the students during Thursday’s ceremony.

“We commend the legislators for being superb role models to our students and mentoring them on their legislative journey to be better civic participants,” said Concordia University President Tom Ries. “Our legislators have helped our students understand and engage in political dialogue with professionalism and respect for all.”

Nearly 100 Concordia students attended the event as part of the Minnesota Private College Council’s Day at the Capitol. Students met with representatives from their Senate and House districts to discuss the role of the state grant program in keeping college affordable.

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