Engage ICT

Citizens and voters face monumental choices on issues that will define our future, and there is a great need for broader understanding of how what happens at the polls affects you. That's why, in January of 2016, KMUW launched Engage ICT: Democracy on Tap.

These monthly community conversations feature a panel of local experts and topics that touch your daily life. It's free, and so are the appetizers. The next Democracy on Tap event is:

Tuesday, April 16
5:30 p.m.
Roxy's Downtown | 412 1/2 E. Douglas

Support for Engage ICT: Democracy on Tap comes from Stoutheart Financial Group.

Ways to Connect

Torin Andersen / KMUW

Your voice matters, but is your message reaching the right ears? On March 12, Engage ICT: Democracy on Tap presented a discussion on effective ways to raise your voice and reach your representatives. 

Panelists:

  • Janice Bradley, Local Activist
  • Dalton Glasscock, Sedgwick County Republican Party Chairman
  • Jessica Lucas, VP of Watkins Public Strategies
  • Lavonta Williams, Former City Councilmember

Here's the discussion that aired on Facebook Live:

Jordan Kirtley / KMUW

The Engage ICT: Democracy on Tap mini-series on the 2019 legislative session continued on February 12 at Roxy's Downtown with a discussion focused on education funding. A new governor could mean changes to education funding in Kansas. What implications could these changes have on area schools? We spoke with those who know.

Panelists:

  • Cory Gibson, Valley Center Public Schools superintendent
  • Celia Llopis-Jepsen, Kansas News Service reporter
  • Lynn Rogers, Kansas lieutenant governor
  • Susan Willis, Wichita Public Schools chief financial officer 

Jordan Kirtley / KMUW

Our mini-series on the 2019 legislative session began on January 15, at the first Engage ICT: Democracy on Tap event of 2019. Our panelists discussed the topic of Medicaid expansion, including where Kansas now stands, how the topic will play out in Topeka and what major health care changes might be in store if expansion is approved.

Panelists:

  • Teresa Lovelady, HealthCore Clinic
  • Cindy Samuelson, Kansas Hospital Association
  • Tom Shine, KMUW
  • Sheldon Weisgrau, Alliance for a Healthy Kansas

Here's the discussion that aired on Facebook Live:

Jordan Kirtley / KMUW

On December 11, the Engage ICT: Democracy on Tap mini-series on community building concluded with a conversation on the fate of Century II. Our panelists discussed the future of the iconic building and what's at stake.

Panelists:

 

  • Karla Fazio, Century II Citizens Advisory Committee
  • Mary Beth Jarvis, Century II Citizens Advisory Committee
  • Mitch Southerland, Music Theatre Wichita
  • Larry Weber, Century II Citizens Advisory Committee

Jordan Kirtley / KMUW

On November 13, the Engage ICT: Democracy on Tap mini-series on community building continued with a conversation on #Activism. Our panelists discussed social media activism, its trends and effectiveness.

Panelists:

  • Shea Blevins
  • Diana Hartman
  • Madeline McCullough
  • Joseph Shepard

Here's the video of the event that aired on Facebook live:

Jordan Kirtley / KMUW

The Engage ICT: Democracy on Tap mini-series on community building kicked off on October 16 at Roxy's Dowtown. The topic of discussion was political philosophy. 

Panelists:

  • Brandon Johnson, City of Wichita Council Member
  • LaRissa Lawrie, WSU Graduate Student
  • Dr. Heather Ondercin, Assistant Professor of Political Science at WSU
  • Sheryl Wilson, KIPCOR Director

Here's the video of the event that aired on Facebook live:

Beth Golay / KMUW

On September 11 the Engage ICT: Democracy on Tap education mini-series wrapped up with a discussion on learning beyond the degree.

Panelists:

  • Elizabeth Bruncheen-Cartagena, K-State Research and Extension
  • Micala Gingrich-Gaylord, Oxford Senior Living
  • Troy Houtman, City of Wichita Parks & Recreation
  • Kim Moore, Workforce, Professional & Community Education at WSU

Here's the video of the event that aired on Facebook live:

Beth Golay / KMUW

The Engage ICT: Democracy on Tap mini-series on education continued on August 21 at Roxy's Downtown with a discussion focused on community roles in education.

Panelists:

  • Prisca Barnes, Storytime Village, Inc.
  • Janice Hardeman, Katherine Johnson Scholar Sisters
  • Dr. Chad Higgins, Maize USD 266 Superintendent
  • Dr. Alicia Thompson, Wichita Public Schools Superintendent

Here's the video of the event that aired on Facebook live:

Beth Golay / KMUW

July 24, the Engage ICT: Democracy on Tap education mini-series kicked off with a discussion of early learning. It’s was at Roxy’s Downtown.

Panelists:

  • Kathryn Mahoney, Compass Star Montessori
  • Cornelia Stevens, TOP Early Learning Center
  • Teresa Rupp, Child Start
  • Kim McDowell, Wichita State University

The audio of the discussion should be posted soon.

And here's the video of the event that aired on Facebook live:

We’ve talked about climate and energy, and on June 5 the Engage ICT: Democracy on Tap environment mini-series wrapped up with a discussion of Sustainability. We covered what businesses can do to minimize waste, what gardeners are doing to keep our soil healthy, and how you can do your part too. It’s was at Roxy’s Downtown.

Panelists:

  • Susan Erlenwein
  • Mike Hastings
  • Misty Cavanaugh
  • Nancy Larson

Here's the discussion:

And here's the video of the event that aired on Facebook live:

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