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Mark Wilson, director of Civic Learning Initiatives in the College of Liberal Arts, has been invited to join the members of the National Issues Forums Institute. Based in Dayton, Ohio, the National Issues Forums Institute, or NIFI, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that serves to promote public deliberation and coordinate the activities of the National Issues Forums network. Its activities include publishing the issue guides and other materials used by local forum groups, encouraging collaboration among forum sponsors and sharing information about current activities in the network. The institute has a distinguished group of 16 directors and officers drawn from such diverse fields like government, journalism, and secondary and higher education. Many NIFI directors also have extensive experience in neighborhood and civic organizations, libraries and religious organizations. Wilson’s first meeting as a member will be in May, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.