CSU to Host 15 Tables for On the Table Initiative

On Nov. 7, Columbus State University will host 15 tables for On the Table, a community-wide initiative.  On a single day, residents of Columbus and the surrounding areas are invited to gather around a meal to discuss not only what’s great about our community, but also ways to make it even better — more sustainable, just, safe, strong and vibrant.

"We consider CSU and this community as one, so it seems very natural for us to be a participant in this community-wide conversation,” said CSU President Chris Markwood. “I hope we have a good mix at our tables of people affiliated with CSU and local residents, so we can learn more from each other about what we all think is needed to move Columbus forward."

As a superhost partner for On the Table, CSU faculty and staff are hosting at least five tables at each meal. Members of the community are invited to sit at the tables to share their thoughts on the Chattahoochee Valley. Those interested in attending can register at www.onthetablechatt.com.

On the Table attendees will be encouraged to record insights and ideas coming out of their conversation by completing a short survey that is being conducted by the University of Illinois at Chicago Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement (IPCE). The results of the data will be shared publicly and be accessible to the community in early 2018 in an effort to help us better understand our community’s needs and opportunities.

Columbus is one of 10 cities across the U.S. selected to replicate the On the Table initiative this year with funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley is leading this effort in the Columbus-area. Additional support is being provided from the Community Foundation’s Community Endowment Fund and Chattahoochee Valley Fair Fund.