October 20, 2004
Chandler-Gilbert Community College has invited the public to its Pecos campus tonight for light dinner and a panel discussion on offshore outsourcing.
But the discussion on economics, job security and globalization will not end tonight when the panelists go home. Two CGCC political science students, Chad Heywood and Dennis Guevara, will post follow-up comments and questions on a Web log, or blog, hosted by the Tribune.
CGCC political science instructor Noel Morelos said the blog will evolve over time and provide a forum for college students and other members of the public to share ideas on a wide range of political and economic issues.
He said CGCC has made civic engagement its primary mission, and the discussion tonight and the blog afterward will help forward that mission. "Our goal is to produce a more informed, active citizen," he said.
Morelos said international trade and offshore outsourcing have become increasingly important to Arizona’s economy, and he hopes the panel discussion will open people’s eyes.
"We are moving to a more globalized world," he said. "That’s something we need to learn about and accept."
Panelists tonight will include Phoenix economist Jim Rounds, labor union executive Joe Gosiger and Tribune editorial page editor Bob Schuster.
What: "The Issue of Offshore Outsourcing"
When: 7 to 9 p.m. today
Where: Chandler-Gilbert Community College, 2626 E. Pecos Road, Student Center Pavilion
To participate in the "Civic Engagement" blog, visit