Annie Rappeport

Annie Rappeport

International Education and Policy PhD Student | University of Maryland College Park

Annie is a second year PhD student in International Education and Policy at the University of Maryland College Park. She has been very involved in the campus and local arts community and seeks ways to diversify pedagogy and curriculum to engage students through arts and experiential education. Prior to pursuing her PhD, Annie worked for the education abroad program Semester at Sea for over 5 years where she learned the critical need for experiential education. She received her MEd in Higher Education and Student Affairs Practice from the University of Virginia in 2011.

Why do you believe innovations in participatory democracy are important?

A large part of my program focuses on systemic issues in domestic and international educational contexts and this included looking into alternative means of education and development to reinvigorate and transform communities. I believe the innovations will benefit from multiple ways of learning, connecting and knowing. I am especially interested in how experiential and arts education can support more participation across personality types in a democracy.

What do you hope to see at the 2018 Innovations in Participatory Democracy Conference?

I hope to see new ideas and implementations of projects at the local and global levels that support participatory democracy and higher levels of civic engagement.