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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University of Nebraska at Kearney’ s ADP “Keeps Students in the Know on Voting, Cultural Topics”
UNK ADP was recently featured in UNK Today. At UNK, ADP students are developing a new voter registration guide. UNK’s ADP hosts a Times Talk series, a democracy poster contest, a book club and a Constitution Day event. Students are also creating a democracy wall in the Nebraska Student Union. ADP Coordinator Shawn Kaskie says of the projects, “These outreach projects teach students to be civically engaged, to do their homework on decisions and to apply the critical-thinking skills they learn in the classroom to real-world issues,” Kaskie said. “ADP is an avenue for them to do an applied project based on their critical-thinking skills from the classroom. That increases the value of a four-year education tremendously.” Read more here.
Indiana State University Seeks ADP Undergraduate Fellow
Indiana State University is looking for an ADP Undergraduate Fellow to “create and envision engaging ADP programming throughout the course of the school year; help to plan details of ADP events; attend and coordinate ADP events; communicate with other event sponsors and members of the ISU community.” The fellow must be in good academic standing at ISU and students with a background in political science or current events are preferred. Students must be active in the American Democracy Project program and should make a commitment of approximately 5 hours per week for the entire academic year. Read more here.
Indiana University South Bend’s ADP to Host Mayoral Debate
A debate between two Elkhart mayoral candidates is scheduled to be hosted by IUSB’s ADP and Political Science Club on Thursday, October 1st at the IUSB Elkhart Center. Incumbent Mayor Dick Moore, a Democrat, and his Republican challenger, Timothy Neese, have agreed to participate in the event. Read more here.
Voting Rights Act Celebration at U of Northern Iowa
On August 3, 2015 the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act was celebrated at Pertersen Town Hall in an event sponsored by the University of Northern Iowa’s ADP and other partners. of the Waterloo Center. Read more here.
Attributes of Robust Civic Engagement
David Hoffman, assistant director of student life for civic agency at UMBC, proposes that the attributes that describe robust civic engagement should include organic, integral, relational, and generative. Hoffman wrote on the American Democracy Project’s national blog to describe these attributes. Learn more here. And read (and comment on!) the original blog post here.
A Celebration of Gay Marriage through Film at Stockton University
On June 30th Stockton University (N.J.) hosted a second screening of the documentary film, “Limited Partnership,” celebrating the 40-year long love story of one of the first gay couples to marry and their years of fighting for legal status. The free screening was held at Stockton’s Manahawkin Instructional Site. For more information click here.