History Commitment to Community was first organized by two undergraduate students in 1997-98 who were concerned about the university climate regarding issues of diversity and multiculturalism. Our modest beginnings have been so impactful to our communities that we begin each academic year with an inspiring keynote speaker. This tradition was started with Dr. Cornell West’s address in 1997 and has continued each year with important educators, scholars and writers. Keynote Speakers Here is a list of some of the Keynote Speakers that C2C has sponsored: 1997 Dr. Cornell West, educator, author, social commentator 1998 Kweisi Mfume, former president/CEO of the NAACP 1999 Rebecca Walker, author 2000 Helen Zia, journalist 2001 Ray Suarez, journalist 2002 Winona LaDuke, activist and leader 2003 Dr. J. Herman Blake, educator 2004 Paul Kivel, activist and author 2005 Dennis Banks, activist and author 2006 Dr. Carlos Cortés, author and educator 2007 Patricia Williams, J.D., legal scholar, educator and author 2008 Dr. Ronald Takaki, educator and author 2009 Keith Boykin, author, journalist and social commentator 2010 Arun Gandhi, social justice and peace activist 2011 Dr. Yvonne Haddad, scholar and expert in Islam and Muslims 2012 Michelle Alexander, attorney, author and professor 2013 Tim Wise, prominent anti-racist activist, social critic and author 2014 Keith Ellison, Congressman and author 2015 Peter L. Levine, scholar and author on civic engagement and public service. Commitment to Community 2015 Keynote Address The Promise of Civic Renewal in America - Peter L. Levine "We are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For.” That is a message for all Americans, reminding us that we have the power and responsibility to be active citizens. It is also the title of Peter Levine’s recent book. A professor at Tufts University’s Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, Levine will discuss why and how Americans can take back our democracy by talking and acting together." Commitment to Community Panel Discussion “We are the ones: organizing communities for change” Join us for the Commitment to Community panel discussion with faculty, staff, students, and community members to discuss what it means to be organizers for change in our communities.