LSU Reilly Center Seeking Participants Interested in Creating Change to Apply for Community Collaborative Cohort

April 5, 2024

BATON ROUGE—The Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs at LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication is recruiting its fourth cohort for “The Community Collaborative: By the Community, For the Community,” a statewide capacity-building project designed to enhance citizens’ ability to engage civically.

Selected applicants will attend a four-part training session led by Katie Knobloch, Ph.D. In these sessions, participants will learn how to identify and work on collective solutions for community challenges.

“I am overjoyed to be collaborating with Dr. Knobloch for an additional year on this project,” said Reilly Center Director Jenée Slocum, Ph.D. “She has shown constant commitment and consideration to the cause of creating a more civically engaged Louisiana by sharing her skillset with those in the program.”

Knobloch, an associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies and associate director of the Center for Public Deliberation at Colorado State University, will train the new cohort to understand community needs, solicit input in project development, write grant proposals, brainstorm fundraisers and create realistic projects.

“As an alumna of the Manship School, I am excited to return to the Louisiana community and work with local leaders to foster meaningful public engagement opportunities that honor the experiences and needs of local residents,” said Knobloch. “Each year, the Collaborative has generated positive projects based on community goals that have created lasting change, and I am excited to see what this year will bring.”

Following Knobloch’s training sessions, participants will develop mini-grant applications aimed at fulfilling their public projects. Applications will be reviewed by policy experts, and four participants will be selected to receive $5,000 each for project implementation.

To learn more and apply, visit the Reilly Center's Community Collaborative webpage. Civic experience is not necessary to apply, and all participants will be financially compensated for their time. Applicants cannot participate on behalf of an established organization. However, applicants can participate as an independent community leader or on behalf of a start-up organization looking to expand their civic reach. The participant application will be open until April 15 at 10 p.m. Central Time.

For more information, contact Adamaris Chavez at or 504-491-4802, Emily Pope at or 318-792-9023 and Savannah-Leigh Schultes at or 760-271-1848.


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