Cynthia Lynch - Salem State University
John Reiff - Massachusetts Department of Higher Education
Rochelle Smarr - California State University, San Marcos
Cindy Vincent - Salem State University
Elaine Ward - Merrimack College
“If we get back to normal, we will have failed.” This statement, boldly displayed on Campus Compact’s conference page, challenges us to seize the moment and build a more just world. This plenary session encourages attendees to take stock and examine how our civic engagement praxis and language center equity, and identify the ways our words and our work hold us back from achieving a just and equitable democracy. This plenary and the dialogue sessions throughout the conference help us come together to explore and envision a way forward that ensures we do not return to normal. This is our moment- let’s find a better way forward together to create an equitable and inclusive civic engagement praxis.