Civic Engagement Forums

As a nonpartisan convener and facilitator, FOCUS’ civic engagement forums provide opportunities to learn about and discuss key regional issues. In the past year, more than 1,600 community members and leaders attended a FOCUS forum.

Bringing together diverse perspectives, our forums offer:

  • Access to education and resources on important civic issues;
  • Space to engage in dialogue and understanding of opposing viewpoints; and
  • Connection with other individuals who have an interest in the issue and leaders working in that space.

Many of our forums are free and open to the public.

Interested in partnering on or sponsoring a future civic engagement forum? Contact Vice President Jackie Kirouac-Fram at (314) 657-4029 or by email.

Upcoming Events

Leadership, Ethics & Political Parties
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Save the date for the annual Public Ethics Conference, this year focusing on the role and and function of parties in today’s political system.

Recent Events

Campaign Crash Course
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Hosted in partnership with Washington University, Campaign Crash Course covers all aspects of political campaigning in four intensive sessions over two days.

The Future of Policing in St. Louis: A Civic Leadership Conversation
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

A year into Mayor Lyda Krewson’s first term, and with the recent hiring of Director of Public Safety Jimmie Edwards and Chief of Police John Hayden, the City of St. Louis finds itself with a new slate of public safety leadership

Deconstructing the Trope of the Angry Black Woman
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

In honor of Women’s History Month, join us for a panel discussion exploring the trope of the angry black woman.