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Release Date: Saturday, August 13, 2011 12:48 PM
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Howard Law Dean to Co-Chair New Joint Center Institute
Kurt L. Schmoke
Kurt L. Schmoke
WASHINGTON (AUG. 11) – Kurt L. Schmoke, dean of the Howard University School of Law, has been named co-chair of the new Civic Engagement and Governance Institute at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, one of the nation's premier think tanks on public policy issues that concern African Americans and other communities of color.

Joining Schmoke as co-chair is Dianne M. Pinderhughes, a professor in the Department of African Studies and in the Department of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. 

Schmoke and Pinderhughes will advise on the strategic direction for the Institute, which will work to enhance the Center’s role in promoting broader citizen engagement and political participation.  The Institute will also increase awareness of how economic and social issues affect communities of color and explore new avenues for increasing and enhancing the effectiveness of political participation in these communities.
“From its earliest days, the Joint Center has equipped African Americans, especially black elected and appointed officials, with critical research and policy analysis to participate fully in the nation’s civic and political life and to carry out effectively their leadership responsibilities,” said Ralph B. Everett, the center’s president and CEO.  “Dr. Pinderhughes and Dean Schmoke bring to us decades of experience in their efforts to increase participation in civic affairs and to garner support for programs that help expand opportunity in communities of color.”
Cynthia G. Marshall, president of AT&T North Carolina and chair of the center’s Board of Governors, said the organization was “privileged to have these two extraordinary scholars guiding our efforts to create a special institute focusing on this longstanding priority for the Joint Center.”

“This approach, creating a center of excellence in a specific subject area, has sharpened our focus and elevated our capabilities on other issues, such as health policy and media and technology,” Marshall said.  “I am confident that it will do the same in the area of civic engagement and governance.”

Schmoke, former mayor and state’s attorney for the city of Baltimore, said he is honored to be named along with Pinderhughes as co-chair of the Institute.

“Together, we will build a movement of deep engagement and collaboration that will bring positive change to American politics,” he said.  “Throughout my career, I have led by the tenet that effective government requires focused collaboration among elected officials, non profits and communities.  The mission of the Institute is built on this core belief.”

Schmoke is a graduate of Yale University and received his Juris Doctor Degree from Harvard Law School.  He was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University in 1973.
Pinderhughes, a former member of the center’s Board of Governors and vice chair from 2009 to 2011, is also on the faculty of University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, and at Dartmouth College.
Dianne M. Pinderhughe
Dianne M. Pinderhughes

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