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University of North Georgia’s ADP hosted Multi-Campus Discussion of Trump Presidency

“President Donald Trump has shown himself to have “thin skin” and be more conservative than Ronald Reagan early on in his presidency. Those were just some of the observations tossed out Monday at the University of North Georgia’s multicampus discussion of the Trump presidency one-third into its first 100 days. The Gainesville campus joined the Dahlonega and Oconee campuses in the discussion via a live video feed.” Learn more here.


University of Northern Iowa hosts the “Best of Enemies” Screening

In a screening ponsored by UNI’s ADP, the “Best of Enemies” film  tells the story of Ann Atwater, a civil rights leader, and C.P. Ellis, a Klan leader in Raleigh/Durham North Carolina. They served on a desegregation committee together and although they started as enemies became friends. Learn more here.


University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s ADP Hosts Campus Roundtable Conversation
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh American Democracy Project hosted a roundtable conversation to discuss ethics, politics, voting and strategies for citizen engagement. The event–called Real Issues. Real Dialogue. Real Change.–took place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 8, at Reeve Union Ballroom, Room 227BC, on the UW Oshkosh campus. Learn more here.


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AASCU Civic Learning & Community Engagement Updates


CLDE 2017: Call for Proposals & Early Bird Registration

Would you like to present at this year’s Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting in Baltimore, Md.? If so, please submit a session proposal via this link by January 30. Also, you can save $50 on your CLDE 2017 meeting registration fee by signing up before May 1. Click here to register!


adp-2017-awards-nominationsNominate a Colleague for an ADP Award

AASCU’s American Democracy Project is now accepting nominations for its three annual awards. To learn more, click on the links below:

The deadline for nominations is March 31.

TDC Celebrates 5th Anniversary

In November, The Democracy Commitment celebrated its fifth anniversary with an event at The New York Times. Over 70 guests were in attendance, including community college presidents, TDC’s steering committee, TDC faculty and students, and many other partners and supporters. The event featured remarks from Kathleen O’Connell (NYT), George Mehaffy (AASCU), Verdis Robinson (TDC), Brian Murphy (De Anza College), William “Bro” Adams (NEH), and NYT Columnist Ron Lieber, in addition to a panel from five TDC campuses and panel of TDC students. At the beginning of the celebration, it was announced that Verdis Robinson, TDC’s Interim National Manager, would be transitioning to a permanent role as TDC’s National Director in January 2017. Congratulations, Verdis!

Photo: Verdis Robinson (center) with members of the TDC National Leadership Team at The New York Times.


Proposals Due January 30th for CLDE 2017 Conference in Baltimore in June

Submit your proposal here by January 30, 2017.

The American Democracy Project (ADP)The Democracy Commitment (TDC)and NASPA Lead Initiative are committed to advancing the civic engagement movement in higher education. During this year’s Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (#CLDE17) Meeting in Baltimore, Md. from June 7-10, 2017, our goal is to bring together our collective networks of faculty, student affairs professionals, senior campus administrators, students, and community partners to advance our work to ensure that students graduate from our colleges and universities–both public and private–prepared to be the informed, engaged citizens that our communities and our democracy need.

This year’s conference is seeking to enhance our emergent theory of change adapted from threads of the 2012 Crucible Moment report. Thus, we are seeking conference proposals that consider how best to cultivate the following elements within their civic engagement work:

Members of the CLDE community are invited to join in dialogue prior to the conference on social media using #FacesofCLDE and #CLDE17. Our hope is that colleagues will come together to share why they are a proponent of Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement work in higher education and, in turn, spread the great work that happens at each of your campuses and organizations.

Submit your Program Proposal by Jan. 30, 2017 here: 2017 Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Meeting and learn more about the #CLDE17 Meeting at the official meeting website.

Interested in being a program proposal reviewer? Complete this form and then follow the instructions on the confirmation page to complete the reviewer sign-up process.



ADP in the News | September 2016 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.

If you have an ADP event you’d like posted in this format, please email


Emporia State University Students Write Op-Eds 

Emporia State University (Kan.) students involved in the American Democracy Project are writing editorials on the U.S. Constitution, democracy and related topics for the local paper, the Emporia Gazette, in advance of Constitution Day, which is Sept. 17th. Read one of the op-eds by economics major Ty Simons here.


Stockton University hosts Akhil Reed Amar for Constitution Day

Stockton University’s (N.J.) ADP/PEP with other campus partners will host Akhil Reed Amar, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University for Constitution Day. Amar’s presentation, “The Supreme Court and the Constitution: What’s at Stake in the 2016 Election?” will focus on the impact of the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, the stalled nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court, current constitutional controversies and the potential effects on the Supreme Court. Constitution Day is one of a series of events at Stockton that will include voter registration efforts, a panel discussion with Stockton students who attended the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, debate-watching parties, and other lectures on history, politics and elections. Read more here.


MTSU Election Forum Focuses on Women and Children

Middle Tennessee State University’s ADP co-sponsored a “What’s At Stake for Women and Children in This Election,” panel on Sept. 8th. The event was free and open to the public. Phyllis Qualls-Brooks, former director of the Tennessee Economic Council for Women, moderated the panel. Panelists included Sara Beth Myers of Advocates for Women’s and Kids’ Equality of Tennessee, Zulfat Suara of Business and Professional Women of Tennessee, Emily Passini of Women’s Political Collaborative of Tennessee and Peggy Swann of AAUW Tennessee. Read more here.


Georgia College’s Times Talks focus on Freedom of Expression and Community-Police Relations

Georgia College recently hosted two Times Talk on campus featuring discussions of issues of diversity, equality, and inclusion hosted by the American, Democracy Project, The New York Times, and the Ina Dillard Russell Library. August 31st’s topic was “Community-Police Relations” and  featured a conversation about this article. The September 7th topic was “Does Georgia College Need a Freedom of Expression Policy?”which discussed this article.


UCO’s ADP hosts Election Forums

The University of Central Oklahoma’s Department of Political Science, along with the American Democracy Project and student honor society Phi Sigma Alpha, will hold election forums designed to encourage greater levels of civic engagement. The forums, which are open to the public, are on: 1) Oklahoma’s Election Landscape, 2) Presidential Election: Domestic Policy, 3) Oklahoma’s Budget Crisis and 4) Presidential Election: Foreign Policy. Learn more here.


Winona State University’s ADP co-sponsors Election Forums

Winona State University’s (Minn.) ADP will co-sponsor a set of public election forums featuring local and national election issues. Read more here.


Illinois State University’s Constitution Day Speaker to Focus on LGBT Rights and Religious Liberty

Robin Fretwell Wilson, the Roger and Stephany Joslin Professor of Law and the director of the Program in Family Law and Policy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign., will deliver the annual Constitution Day talk at Illinois State University. Her lecture, “Can the Constitution Protect Both LGBT Rights and Religious Liberty?” will be at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, September 15, in the Old Main Room of the Bone Student Center. The talk, sponsored by the Illinois State chapter of the American Democracy Project, is free and open to the public. Read more here.


William Paterson University’s ADP Director Quoted in Article on Young Voters

Christine Kelly, a political science professor and director of the American Democracy Project at William Paterson University (N.J.) indicated in a recent article on “Young Voters Great in Numbers, But their Power is Unclear” in News that “the disruptions of the election cycle this year could signal a realignment, and young voters could be at the center of that.” Read the entire article here.


WCU Constitutional Shark Tank Announced

Western Carolina University (N.C.) invites student contestants to present a potential constitutional amendment (what they would add or change to the current Constitution), discuss why their issue is important, and justify why their constitutional amendment is needed.  The contestants will then answer questions about their amendment from our judges (5 minutes max).  A panel of judges will select the top 3 amendments based on the importance of the issue, how well founded and researched the amendment is, and the quality of the presentation.  The top 3 contestants will earn a $50 Visa Gift Card. WCU is also planning debate watch events and voter registration drives this fall.

ADP in the News | August 2016

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.

If you have an ADP event you’d like posted in this format, please email


WKU ALIVE Center and ICSR become Center for Citizenship and Social Justice

Western Kentucky University’s Institute for Citizenship and Responsibility, or ICSR, and the ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships have been consolidated into the Center for Citizenship and Social Justice, or CCSJ, beginning this semester. The new CCSJ will remain home to WKU’s chapter of ADP’s Political Engagement Project. Read more here.


Missouri State U. and ADP Mourn Loss of Prof. Marc Cooper

Missouri State University and the entire ADP community mourn the loss of Dr. Marc Cooper, MSU history professor emeritus. Cooper had continued to serve as the managing editor of the joint MSU/ADP eJournal of Public Affairs after his retirement and has been a staple at ADP national meetings for years. Read more here.

Missouri State University: Student Editorial Says Every Vote Matters

Missouri State has a collation of organizations that want to make voter registration as easy as possible: Meyer Library, the American Democracy Project, the Center of Community Engagement and the Office of Public Affairs are sponsoring a voter registration drive on Sept. 12-15. The mission is to encourage more young voters to participate in the election this November. They will be outside the PSU and in the Meyer Library lobby helping students get registered before the Oct. 12 deadline. Read more here.


IUSB’s ADP to host Candidate Debate for Indiana’s 2nd Congressional District Seat

US. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Jimtown) and Lynne Coleman (South Bend Democrat) will participate in a candidate debate this fall broadcast on WNIT Television and organized by the American Democracy Project and Political Science Club at Indiana University South Bend and the League of Women Voters of the South Bend Area. Read more here.


MTSU Student Voter Registration Day Held

MTSU hosted a voter registration on Monday, Aug. 22nd as students returned to campus. The MTSU American Democracy Project states that only 44 percent of MTSU students were registered to vote in 2012 and only 62 percent of those registered cast votes in that year’s elections.Those statistics come from MTSU’s participation in the National Study of Learning, Voting and Engagement (NSLVE) out of Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. MTSU was one of 600 institutions nationwide to take part in the study. Read more here.


Illinois State U. Students Get Inside Look at National Political Conventions

10 ISU students attended the conventions as part of an independent study course organized by Professor Erik Rankin and supported by Illinois State University’s American Democracy Project and the Department of Politics and Government. Read more here.


Western Carolina University Campus Polling Place Approved

The University Center at Western Carolina University (WCU) is the proposed location of the newly approved early voting polling place (EVPP) for the November election. This action, aimed at increasing voter engagement on WCU’s campus, comes after months of research, organizing, and lobbying by students working with the Andrew Goodman Foundation (AGF) and Campus Vote Project, collectively known as the Democracy Coalition. Read more here.


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