Check out the new DemocracyU website, the internet home to the American Commonwealth Partnership of which ADP is a partner. The website highlights the inspiring work that engaged students are achieving at universities, colleges and communities across the country. The site includes students’ personal stories of off-campus activities as well as discussion and debate on the evolving role of university and college students in engaging in public work that benefits society. DemocracyU will officially launch in January at the White House as part of a project called the American Commonwealth Partnership (ACP), but is live now.
DemocracyU is asking students to sign up for their newsletter to stay in touch with the initiative. They are also are asking that students to answer this question: What problem most urgently needs addressing where you are and how can students make a difference? Share your stories, thoughts and ideas on Facebook and Twitter @DemocracyU and inspire other students to do the same. Also take a look at the DemocracyU blog! Spread the word about DemocracyU !
If you’re interested in sharing your ADP and other civic engagement work on the DemocracyU blog, contact Karin Kamp at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blog posts should be a few hundred words and focused on civic work on and off campus. These questions can serve as a guideline for their posts:
Briefly describe the type of civic initiatives are you working on.
- Why is this work important to you?
- What have you learned through the experience?
- Why is it important for students to be engaged in civic initiatives?
The ACP is part of a coordinated effort with the White House Office of Public Engagement, the Association of American Colleges and Universities, and the Department of Education, to begin a year of activity called, “For Democracy’s Future – Reclaiming Our Civic Mission.” It will kick off on the 150th anniversary of the Morrill Act, signed by President Lincoln in 1862, another year of crisis in the nation. The Morrill Act created colleges known for their commitment to democracy. As part of the initiative, the Department of Education is preparing a policy initiative to strengthen civic learning and democratic engagement in higher education and education broadly.
By George Mehaffy, Vice President of Academic Leadership & Change, AASCU
Registration is now open for the American Democracy Project’s 8th summer Faculty Seminar in Yellowstone National Park. This program, a Civic Engagement in Action series imitative with The Yellowstone Association, is open to faculty from any discipline who are teaching at an AASCU college or university.
- We spend six (6) days in Yellowstone National Park in a combination of classroom and field activities, examining four key political controversies: bison, wolves, snowmobiles, and grizzly bears. We begin the week examining the science and history of the controversies, listening to scientists and Park rangers. Then at the end of the week, we interview local citizens on both sides of the issues, including political activists, business people, ranchers, and other citizens.
- The goal of this project is to develop new strategies and new approaches that colleges and universities can use to help undergraduates become thoughtful, informed, and engaged citizens. In a world too often filled with bitter partisan politics, this non-partisan project seeks to move beyond rhetoric and confrontation, providing students with new models that promote understanding and resolution. In a political environment where special interest groups tend to push people to polarized positions, we seek common ground. The key question of this initiative is: How are competing but equally legitimate interests about public lands resolved in a democracy?
- Family members or guests are welcome to come to Yellowstone with the faculty participant. However, space does not allow for guest participation in the program except for some classroom lectures, a few field trips, and evening films and presentations.
- The cost of the program is $1,295, which includes five (5) nights individual room lodging at Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel (in Yellowstone National Park; single occupancy hotel room or cabin); all instruction and instructional materials, AV rental, classroom rental; in-park transportation; and a number of meals, including reception and dinner the first night, lunch Tuesday, and breakfast Wednesday.
For details, see the Program Announcement 2012. For registration, see the Registration Form 2012.
I hope some of you will join us for this program. Please also pass this along to anyone who you think might be interested.
To read more about ADP’s Stewardship of Public Lands Initiative, click here.
You can also read about the 2011 Yellowstone Seminar on the ADP national blog, here.
Copies of the monograph Stewardship of Public Lands: A Handbook for Educators are available for purchase.