Morehead-Cain Scholars to address civic engagement, clean energy for Civic Collaboration

News & Spotlights | March 27, 2024
A group of six women wearing matching Centennial t-shirts smile for the camera underneath a tent outside on a summer day. They are standing behind a table with pens and notepads, a “Centennial Water Outreach” sign, an iPad, and branded collateral.
2023 Civic Collaboration Team Centennial

Morehead-Cain is preparing to launch the 2024 Civic Collaboration program this summer with partnering organizations throughout North America. Fifteen teams of rising sophomore scholars will tackle issues such as increasing civic engagement through voting, advancing clean-energy technologies, and improving access to healthcare, according to Montez Thomas, assistant director of scholar advising.

“Each year, we have the exciting opportunity to partner with a diverse set of organizations dedicated to addressing the country’s most pressing issues,” Thomas said. The assistant director oversees the Civic Collaboration program. “We’re grateful for the many alumni who support our scholars by empowering them to identify and propose meaningful solutions.”

Scholars received their city assignments on March 19 and will begin their projects in May. Three alumni are returning to serve as Civic Collaboration hosts this year: Dr. Elizabeth Kistin Keller ’04 of the City of Albuquerque’s Office of the Mayor (Albuquerque, New Mexico); Buff Grace ’91 of Minneapolis Interfaith Power & Light (Minneapolis, Minnesota); and Jeff Koeze ’82 of the Koeze Business Ethics Initiative (Grand Rapids, Michigan).

Thank you also to the many other Morehead-Cains who helped facilitate placements with this year’s cohort!

2024 Civic Collaboration hosts

  • City of Albuquerque Office of the Mayor (Albuquerque, New Mexico)
  • Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County (Annapolis, Maryland)
  • Baltimore City Office of Equity and Civil Rights, Women’s Commission (Baltimore, Maryland)
  • Heartland Whole Health Institute and Alice L. Walton School of Medicine (Bentonville, Arkansas)
  • City of Calgary (Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
  • The Enterprise Center (Chattanooga, Tenneessee)
  • Justice Journey Leadership Alliance of Chicago (Chicago, Illinois)
  • PolicyBridge, Inc. (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • Koeze Business Ethics Initiative, Grand Valley State University and Corewell Health (Grand Rapids, Michigan)
  • City of Lexington – Office of Equity (Lexington, Kentucky)
  • Innovate Memphis (Memphis, Tennessee)
  • Minneapolis Interfaith Power & Light (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
  • Greater Nashville Chamber of Commerce (Nashville, Tennessee)
  • San Diego Housing Commission (San Diego, California)
  • City of South Haven (South Haven, Michigan)

Learn more about Civic Collaboration.