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Flynn's Corner: A Conversation with Keith Lanser

I had the opportunity to talk with Keith Lanser (’10, '13), the associate director of Service Learning and Civic Engagement at Mount St. Joseph University.
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Irene Encarnación, lecturer at NKU
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Like many Northern Kentucky University graduates, Keith Lanser (’10, ’13) wanted to find a passion to turn into a career.

Lucky for Lanser, he found that passion in service-learning opportunities in NKU's Honors College, formerly known as the Honors Program.

After receiving his Nonprofit Management graduate certificate from NKU, Lanser began his job at Mount St. Joseph University in the Career and Experiential Education Center where he is now the associate director of Service Learning and Civic Engagement.

“I believe colleges and universities have the responsibility and duty to prepare students and graduates to lead in the community,” he says. “That means voting, donating and volunteering to strengthen our democracy.”

Lanser’s educates and involves students in the democratic process with goals of increasing student voter registration, ballot access, educating students on the issues on which they would vote and getting students out to vote.

"I believe colleges and universities have the responsibility and duty to prepare students and graduates to lead in the community. That means voting, donating and volunteering to strengthen our democracy.”

“Voting is a demonstration to our community. I do it because it is the right thing to do,” he says. “The least I can do to live out both my grandfathers’ legacies who served in World War II is to get out and participate in our democracy.”

Lanser has a goal to make Mount St. Joseph University the No. 1 university in Ohio for student voting.

“We were at 65 percent in 2016. We want to surpass 70 percent in 2020,” he says.

While Lanser is educating students in the region on the voting process, he encourages all NKU alumni is to get out and vote with help from our own Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement.

About This Article

Flynn Ashley
Flynn Ashley ('13, '15)
Contributor, NKU Magazine & Assistant Director, Alumni Outreach and Digital Engagement
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Published October 2020
Photography provided
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Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement Resources

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