The civic forum’s keynote speaker is Stephan G. Vetter, President and CEO, Partners of the Americas, and a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow. With over 35 years of experience in international and domestic development, Vetter offers a rich background in international voluntary service, grassroots community leadership and developing public-private partnerships to reduce poverty and improve the economic and social development of disadvantaged populations. He is leading the Partners of the Americas partnership with the Department of State and NAFSA to implement President Obama’s 100,000 Strong Initiative.
Dr. Chupp will be joining Mr. Vetter on WCPN 90.3FM’s Sound of Ideas radio show on NPR on Wednesday, October 8, at 9:00am to discuss poverty from both a global and local perspective, how ordinary people can become powerful agents of social change, and the role of the artists, social workers, and others to build communities and dare to imagine a better world.
The other panelists for the civic forum include Bobbi Reichtell, Executive Director of Campus District, Inc.; Tom Schorgl, President and CEO, Community Partnership for Arts & Culture; and Sai Sinbondit, Designer, Researcher, and Adjunct Professor at the Cleveland Institute of Art.