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UMBC’s Sparrow Point Project

baltimore sunThe University of Maryland Baltimore County’s Sparrows Point Project was recently featured in the Baltimore Sun. David Hoffman, UMBC’s ADP Campus Coordinator and Assistant Director for Civic Agency spoke to the Sun about how the project — and UMBC’s larger Breaking Ground initiative  (see previous blog post) — are advancing the university’s efforts to prepare students for informed, engaged citizenship:

“How can we prepare students to work together and see the world as open to transformation through their actions?” said Hoffman, one of the program’s leaders. “Every experience students are having reinforces the sense that they can take responsibility for recognizing problems and initiating solutions in their communities.”

Read a segment of this front page story below, and find the full story here.

Excerpt from the Baltimore Sun:

UMBC students use new media to document a dying industrial past

They are preserving Sparrows Point history through website, film

By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun
8:00 p.m. EST, February 11, 2013

Now, with the  [Sparrows Point steel] plant closed and machinery being sold for scrap, Bartee and other steelworkers are teaming with University of Maryland Baltimore County students and professors to record their stories. The students are making a website and helping with a documentary to preserve the history of the plant….

Much as pieces of massive machinery have been carted away from the plant in recent weeks, the history of the mill — once the region’s economic hub — is in danger of disappearing. But two UMBC professors and their students aim to preserve the stories of 20th-century manufacturing using 21st-century techniques….

The project is part of the university’s Breaking Ground initiative, which aims to empower students to develop and implement solutions to challenges that surround them. David Hoffman, UMBC’s assistant director for civic agency, said the university wants to shatter students’ conception that citizenship occurs in discrete bursts in the voting booth or volunteering projects….

The Sparrows Point project, Documenting Cultural Heritage in Partnership with Communities, is a collaboration between an American studies professor, Michelle Stefano, and a new media studio professor, Bill Shewbridge. The students in their two interwoven courses use traditional methods for exploring the past, such as transcribing oral histories, while employing the latest technology to record and share those stories.

Read more.

What We’re Reading: Millennials Civic Health Index

The Millennials Civic Health Index, recently released by four of the top civic organizations in the country, paints a comprehensive picture of young Americans 18 to 29 (AKA Millennials).

The study challenges commonly held beliefs about a generation of young Americans whose votes played a critical role in November’s presidential election. The report highlights the diverse ways in which Millennials are taking action in their communities beyond the voting booth, online and offline, across different regions of the United States.

The report, produced by the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC), The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) at Tufts University’s Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, Harvard University’s Institute of Politics, and, begins with a glass-half-full/glass-half-empty introduction to the civic health of Millennials and presents positive statistics and areas for growth.

The full press release and PDF version of the report can be found here.

Important ADP Dates & Deadlines

Here are some important dates on our calendar for the upcoming academic year. What other civic engagement related events are on your calendar?










What We’re Reading: Circle Working Paper #75

By Stephanie South, Program Associate, AASCU

To coincide with its recent announcement regarding the formation of a nonpartisan and scholarly Commission on Youth Voting & Civic Knowledge, CIRCLE has re-released a November 2012 summary of existing research entitled, “Voting Laws, Education, and Youth Civic Engagement: A Literature Review.”

This working paper serves as an example of the kind of research CIRCLE will provide to the Commission and the public. Sample of findings include:CIRCLE Logo

  • Civic education boosts knowledge and engagement.
  • Election officials and agencies may be effective civic educators.
  • Making registration and voting more convenient has a modest impact on turnout.

For more information on the commission and updates on its work, click here.

Election Day Reflection 2012

By Jen Domagal-Goldman, ADP National Manager

On Tuesday, November 6th — just over a week ago — I awoke at 4 a.m. in order to keep one of the personal civic commitments I made for 2012. (You can read a previous blog post about ADP’s civic commitments here.) It was dark and cold as I walked the length of my cul de sac to join other members of my Hume Springs neighborhood in Alexandria,VA at the Cora Kelly Community Center.

Why was I awake so early? I made a personal civic commitment — read: New Year’s resolution intended to benefit my community — to volunteer in a non-partisan manner on Election Day (something I hadn’t done since I was in graduate school during the 2004 election).

I signed up at my county election board office,  attended a three-hour training in late October, and was sworn in as an election officer at about 5 a.m. on Election Day. I appeared to be the youngest of the Election officials in my precinct (and in my training session), and enjoyed meeting other members of my community as deeply committed to strengthening our democratic processes and ensuring individuals’ rights to vote were met.

Jen Domagal-Goldman in the voting booth with her mother as a child.I spent approximately 16 hours meeting, welcoming, and thanking fellow members of my community as they stood in line to complete and cast their ballots. At the voter information station I explained how the new paper ballots (which would be electronically scanned) worked as well as the new VA Voter ID law (which, while requiring either a voter registration card or some other form of ID — including, but not limited to a drivers license, Student ID card from a VA educational institution, passport, government employee ID, is relatively less constraining than many of the new voter ID laws sweeping the nation).

My favorite role, however, was handing out “I voted” stickers — not only to voters, but often to their young children who accompanied them to the polls. Did you know that one of the best ways to ensure young voters exercise their right to vote is to bring the to the polls as children? Maybe that’s why I’m so committed to acting on my right and responsibility to participate in our electoral process and to ensure that fellow citizens are also able to exercise their right to vote (see embedded photo of me “voting” with my mom and younger sister in the 1980s in Central New York).

At the end of the day I was exhausted, yet proud of myself and my community. I am equally impressed with and proud of the Election 2012 educational and programming activities of ADP member campuses — together we helped to register and get-out-to-vote a population of politically informed and engaged college students. You can learn more about various campus election programming in these previous blog posts.

I encourage ADP campuses to consider ways of encouraging students to volunteer as election workers in the future. For me it was a great learning experience and a fabulous way to contribute to my community and our democracy. (Check out Missouri Western State University’s Poll Worker training guide.)

Tag and Share Tomorrow with ADP: Instagram Your Election Day Pics #ADPelect12

By Stephanie South, Intern, American Democracy Project

ADP I Voted Sticker Instagrammed

As The American Democracy Project proudly announced via Facebook and Twitter this morning, you can now find us on Instagram. Be sure to follow @adpaacscu on your Instagram app today because you won’t want to miss how we are celebrating our new social media channel and the 2012 election.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, November 6, 2012, as you get your democracy on at the ballot boxes, make sure you keep your smartphone, fully-loaded with the Instagram app, ready to go because we want you to tag and share in the name of #ADPelect12. ADP wants to showcase how our member campuses across the country are promoting voting and civic engagement this Election Day, and we are asking you to help by snapping a picture of democracy in action and sharing it via Instagram with the hashtags #ADPelect12 and #ADPcampus. Also, don’t forget to mention your school or ADP (@adpaascu) when you are Instagram-ing your Election Day spirit.

Later this week, we will be picking and announcing our favorites, as well as a reminding you all to visit our #ADPelect12 Instagrid hashtag gallery here to view in full all of the ADP Election Day Instagram pics.

Remember to snag your ADP Election Day Facebook Flare here  and head to the polls tomorrow.

Happy Voting!

Not sure how Instagram works? Check out these quick tips and tricks here.

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