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ADP in the News | August 10, 2017 Edition

ADP in the News is a compilation of brief updates about American Democracy Project (ADP) activities at participating colleges and universities and is a semi-regular news feature on our blog. Below you will find the latest edition of this series.

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Illinois State University (ISU) Students in Washington, D.C.
As part of the 2017 Civic Engagement Trip, nine students from Illinois State University (ISU) got to visit Washington D.C. and experience the government of the United States in action. ISU’s American Democracy Project (ADP) supports the annual trip and ADP’s national manager, Jen Domagal-Goldman, had the chance to speak to the students about the organization. Students also got to meet various politicians, hear from ISU alumni, network with graduate students and D.C. lobbyists and, of course, take tours of the national monuments. Find more information about their trip and some pictures here.

New Central Michigan University Initiative
As part of its overall community engagement strategy, Central Michigan University recently launched the Office of Business Engagement, a new initiative to interact with and aid the CMU community with business initiation and growth. Through the Office of Business Engagement individuals have the opportunity to get connected with CMU’s network of prepared and committed students, find research partners, use one of CMU’s educational or professional development services, get help nourishing a new business, or invest with CMU. Find out more about CMU’s new Office of Business Engagement here.

Rutgers-Newark Professor on “Urban Universities” and Civic Responsibility
Steven Diner, a professor and former chancellor at Rutgers University, Newark, interviewed with Tim Goral at the University Business Magazine to talk about civic responsibility in higher education. Diner discussed the history of the term “urban universities”- once used derogatorily to refer to low-income, city-based institutions – and explained how institutions like these are now epicenters for education for civic responsibility. Diner’s new book, Universities and Their Cities: Urban Education in America (2017, Johns Hopkins University Press), addresses the ways in which urban universities are at the forefront of the movement to teach students civic engagement. Read the full interview here and purchase Steven Diner’s book here.

An Introduction to Dialogue and Deliberation | the eJournal of Public Affairs
The eJournal of Public Affairs, a partnership between the American Democracy Project and Missouri State University, recently published a piece by John J. Theis and Jose Vela from the Lone Star College-Kingwood in Kingwood, Texas. Theis and Vela collaborated on a written and visual introduction to the concept of dialogue and deliberation in order to highlight the work that Lone Star College’s Center for Civic Engagement has been doing to put dialogue and deliberation into action amongst its students. Read more about dialogue and deliberation and the Center for Civic Engagement’s work and watch Jose Vela’s engaging video here.

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