Elizabeth Minnich

Professor, Union Institute; member, Working Group “Civic Engagement in a Diverse Democracy,” Association of American Colleges and Universities

The Center for New Words promises to become a major resource for a well-informed civic life within and across communities that are as significant as they are still both poorly and under-served. Emerging as it does from a vibrant, beloved community resource that would leave an aching hole (and more than a little bitterness and disaffection) should it simply disappear as a result of market pressures, it will begin with the hardest work — gaining trust, earning respect, building communities and bridges — already more than launched. There is little doubt that it will prove an inspiring model for others across the country.