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American Whistleblower Tour

GAP's American Whistleblower Tour: Essential Voices for Accountability is a dynamic collegiate Tour that seeks to educate the public − particularly our country's incoming workforce − about the phenomenon of whistleblowing. The current 2012–13 Tour is the second iteration of GAP's annual effort to inform university students about what whistleblowing is, the amazing accomplishments that whistleblowers have achieved, and why they must be honored and protected.

So how do we accomplish this? Our Tour brings notable whistleblowers to colleges and universities across the country. Large and small institutions, from New England to the Deep South to the Pacific Northwest … we bring truth-tellers anywhere, because future truth-tellers are everywhere.

During the 2011-12 academic year, the American Whistleblower Tour visited 13 colleges, including Auburn University, Florida International University, Mount Holyoke College, New York University, Rutgers University-Newark, Seattle University, Syracuse University, Tulane University, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the University of Texas at Austin, where nearly 5,000 students heard whistleblowers speak and engaged in dynamic discussions with them.

Which Whistleblowers are Involved?

GAP secures some of the most prominent whistleblowers in American history to reach out to students and staff alike. Just some of our amazing presenters last year included:

    Daniel Ellsberg, Pentagon Papers whistleblower
    Frank Serpico, New York Police Department whistleblower
    Sharron Watkins, Enron whistleblower
    Susan Wood, FDA/"Plan B" Contraceptive whistleblower


For the full dossier of participating whistleblowers (which is always growing!) click here.

What's Involved with a Tour Stop?

We work with each school to design the best possible experience for students. While Tour events vary by campus, the focal point of each stop typically includes a 60-90 minute interactive, moderated presentation featuring prominent whistleblowers detailing their experiences (for a good example of this, click here to watch last year's stop at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln).

Additional coordinated activities at each school may include classroom presentations by whistleblowers, which allows for more personal interaction with students and faculty. Other guests on the Tour often include outstanding professionals in their field (journalists, national security experts) who make visits to appropriate schools, as well. Some stops may even include the showing of whistleblower-themed films.

The possibilities for making a Tour stop a dynamic, much-talked-about event on your campus are endless. To start exploring them, read our Whistleblower Tour Guide, or contact Alison Glick, Education Coordinator, at 202.457.0034, ext. 111 or [email protected]

Tour Goals

Why is GAP doing this, and what do we hope to accomplish? We have five goals:

    Raise awareness about the vital role whistleblowing has in our democracy
    Prepare youth for ethical decision-making
    Counter negative connotations associated with whistleblowing
    Connect future prospective whistleblowers to available resources
    Encourage academic studies of whistleblowing


We're actively achieving Goal #5 through our Curriculum Project, which you can learn about here. As for the other four? All one has to do is review the student/faculty reactions to our Tour stops – reactions that are overwhelmingly positive. Just some include:

I wish I could express in words how transformative these discussions have been. I’ve been able to see some of my quietest classmates get angry and speak up about an issue they believe in. I don’t know that these discussions would have happened without your visit.

– Univ. of Texas, Austin student

I am a seasoned and skeptical lawyer who has plenty of experience in dealing with tough situations. But we were not prepared for the powerful impact of those personal stories. I am sure I am not the only one who left the scene feeling exhausted, enlightened, elevated, and in the end, inspired to have the courage to do more.

 – Professor, Seattle Univ.

 There is more for me to think about since I will become a public accountant after graduation.

– University of Nebraska–Lincoln student

Initially I thought people were turning minute issues into finger pointing of who was wrong and right. Now I know the people who choose to blow the whistle are true public servants who made decisions to protect the public’s interest.

– Rutgers University student

With our Tour, GAP is actively (and measurably) making a difference with the future workforce.

Whistleblowing is a difficult undertaking. But it is essential for accountability, and democracy, at all levels. Whistleblowers routinely risk their own professional lives to save the actual lives of others. At GAP, we believe that whistleblowers are necessary, need protections, and should be honored for their courage. That's what the American Whistleblower Tour is all about.
 

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GovAcctProj PRC civil trial is first test of New Mexico's #whistleblower law is.gd/bhauof 8 hours ago · reply · retweet · favorite

GovAcctProj Government going to bat for #whistleblower who reported bedbugs at retirement home is.gd/4RdpTg 8 hours ago · reply · retweet · favorite

GovAcctProj Hanford official had sought halt to waste-treatment project is.gd/RJPezL #whistleblower 8 hours ago · reply · retweet · favorite

GovAcctProj Thanks to @hbernton @anticorruption @HanfordC @nreflector & @sharpetom for today's #whistleblower news: is.gd/5Yb8Ub 8 hours ago · reply · retweet · favorite

ZinnEdProject We'll be there! RT @truthamerica: Wed 1/23, John #Kiriakou portrait unveiling @busboysandpoets w/ @GovAcctProj Details: tinyurl.com/ad787sa 13 hours ago · reply · retweet · favorite

GovAcctProj Daily #Whistleblower News: Hanford document sounds alarm on nuclear site; truthteller protections enacted worldwide is.gd/5Yb8Ub 13 hours ago · reply · retweet · favorite

GovAcctProj John Kiriakou to be honored w/ portrait next Wednesday @busboysandpoets is.gd/i1Vz16 #whistleblower #dcevents 15 hours ago · reply · retweet · favorite

GovAcctProj #Whistleblower rights strengthened for some United Nations police officers is.gd/d2PBFh 15 hours ago · reply · retweet · favorite

GovAcctProj Great 1st day @FandMCollege Tour stop, w/ warm student reception. That means a lot to these whistleblowers who'v been thru a lot. #wbtour 15 hours ago · reply · retweet · favorite

GovAcctProj Year of the #whistleblower? @anticorruption discusses recent whistleblower protections becoming law around the world: is.gd/qZ9xyE 16 hours ago · reply · retweet · favorite

GovAcctProj Both Piltz and Kendrick say they would blow the whistle again even if they knew all the challenges ahead. #wbtour 18 hours ago · reply · retweet · favorite

GovAcctProj Kendrick says he's been blacklisted, with employers at 3 diff job interviews saying they won't hire him bc he's a whistleblower. #wbtour 18 hours ago · reply · retweet · favorite

GovAcctProj Rick Piltz explains the isolation he felt from colleagues after blowing the whistle on science censorship. #wbtour pic.twitter.com/bxxf6oPm 18 hours ago · reply · retweet · favorite

foodinteg When a member of Kendrick's family became ill from recalled Salmonella-tainted peanut butter, he finally spoke out publicly. #wbtour 18 hours ago · reply · retweet · favorite

GovAcctProj Kendrick witnessed among other #foodsafety problems a leaky roof, which can bring Salmonella from bird crap onto the product. #wbtour 18 hours ago · reply · retweet · favorite

GovAcctProj The peanut plant Kendrick worked at had never been registered with the Dept of Health. #wbtour 18 hours ago · reply · retweet · favorite

GovAcctProj Formr Peanut Corp employee-turned-whistleblower @kennethkendrick describes the gross conditions he witnessed. #wbtour pic.twitter.com/106T5C4v 18 hours ago · reply · retweet · favorite

GovAcctProj GAP president Louis Clark giving a brief history of GAP before introducing the whistleblowers. #wbtour #CommonHour pic.twitter.com/KcDFeUnP 18 hours ago · reply · retweet · favorite

GovAcctProj RT @FandMCollege: Today's #CommonHour featuring speakers with the American Whistleblower Tour starting now! pic.twitter.com/JsKYhgqI 18 hours ago · reply · retweet · favorite

GovAcctProj Piltz: Obama administration hasn't censored climate science, but has kept silent on the subject. #wbtour 19 hours ago · reply · retweet · favorite

GovAcctProj After leaving his govt job, Piltz went year w/o income but then started @ClimateSciWatch where his voice could be heard. #wbtour 19 hours ago · reply · retweet · favorite

GovAcctProj Piltz's story soon after appeared on front page of NYT & 2 days later the WH enviro guy resigned and got a job at ExxonMobil. #wbtour 19 hours ago · reply · retweet · favorite

GovAcctProj Piltz finally resigned in 2005 when he realized science censorship would likely only get worse under 2nd Bush term. #wbtour 19 hours ago · reply · retweet · favorite

GovAcctProj Piltz: Turns out oil industry lobbyist was in charge of White House enviro office. Bush admin willing 2 spin science communication. #wbtour 20 hours ago · reply · retweet · favorite

GovAcctProj Piltz: Under Bush administration, I was asked to remove mention of climate change findings in major federal research report. #wbtour 20 hours ago · reply · retweet · favorite

GovAcctProj Rick Piltz of GAP's @ClimateSciWatch talks 2 enviro class about whistleblowing on climate science censorship #wbtour pic.twitter.com/xxqgAKMS 20 hours ago · reply · retweet · favorite

CarmelCMGpres Celebrate whistleblowers, stop the secrecy. Edgar Schmidt | CJFE: cjfe.org/resources/medi… via @canadacjfe 21 hours ago · reply · retweet · favorite

GovAcctProj Learn more about GAP's American Whistleblower Tour stop here: bit.ly/V7EM07 #wbtour #CommonHour 21 hours ago · reply · retweet · favorite

GovAcctProj The 2 whistleblowers will be featured in @FandMCollege's #CommonHour series, & also share their experiences w/ various classes. #wbtour 21 hours ago · reply · retweet · favorite

GovAcctProj GAP's American #Whistleblower Tour visits @FandMCollege 2day & 2morrow, feat. @KennethKendrick & @ClimateSciWatch's Rick Piltz. #wbtour 21 hours ago · reply · retweet · favorite
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