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Campus Spotlight: Cal State San Marcos

As Americans grow farther apart, could shared concerns about the health of our democracy bring us together? Learn more about Cal State San Marcos' Speaking of Democracy series.

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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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ADP/TDC Economic Inequality Initiative Updates

By Amanda Adams, AASCU Civic Engagement Intern and Stockton University (N.J.) student

For more information on the joint ADP/TDC Economic Inequality Initiative, go here.

New Economic Inequality Grants
We are excited to announce that thanks to Weber State University’s (Utah) overwhelming generosity under Provost Emeritus Michael Vaughan’s leadership, we are able to offer campus mini-grants of up to $1,000 to ADP/TDC Economic Inequality (EI) participating campuses for the purpose of advancing the work of this initiative.

Applications are due by Monday, October 19, 2015 for best consideration. To apply, EI campuses must complete the following two Google forms:

Keene State (NH) Professor Receives Award for Work on Economic Inequality Initiative
Patrick Dolenc, professor of economics, received the 2015 Barbara Burch Award for Faculty Leadership in Civic Engagement from the American Democracy Project, in part for his leadership of the ADP/TDC Economic Inequality Initiative and its Scholars group. Dolenc’s goal for his students is not for them to just graduate and get good jobs, but to care about and know how to make a difference in their communities through civic engagement, one of the many reasons he was chosen for this award. To read more about Dolenc and the impact of this award click here.

Weber State (Utah) Provost Emeritus Michael Vaughan to Study Economic Inequality’s Effect on Democracy
Under Vaughan’s leadership, Weber State University will offer a new course this fall focused on helping students understand economic inequality. A team at Weber University is working on producing educational videos that will be used to promote and circulate information on the topic. Weber State is participating in the ADP/TDC Economic Inequality Initiative and Michael Vaughan is a member of the initiative’s advisory council. Learn more here.

EI Initiative at SUNY Cortland to pose EI Questions on Democracy Wall
SUNY Cortland, an EI campus, is facilitating a community dialogue about democracy and economic inequality via a “democracy wall” — a blackboard that invites community participation by posing questions. Learn more about their efforts here.

Please see also our earlier post on the Economic Inequality and Civic Engagement Conference being held by EI and TDC campus Lone Star College – Kingwood (Texas).

MLK Day the ADP Way: 2014 MLK Day Commemorations on Campus

By Caitlin Reilly, Program Associate, American Democracy Project

mlk logoWe asked our campuses about how they chose to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and the results are in!  Read about how they celebrated the holiday, ADP style.

California State University of Pennsylvania held a day of service and sent two busses full of students to visit the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial in Washington, D.C.

Jacksonville State University (Ala.) organized a series of events on the days following MLK Day.  On Tuesday, January 21, 2014 the local NAACP president, David Baker addressed students and faculty.  His talk “A Good Time to Stand Up” addressed the importance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s activism and its place in contemporary issues of social justice and change.  The following night, the school hosted a screening of the film, “Mine Eyes Have Seen.”

ADP at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith supported and attended the MLK Community Association Annual Recognition and Awards Banquet held on the Saturday evening preceding MLK Day.  On MLK Day, ADP hosted a campus breakfast for about 450 people, and then led them on a peace walk.  Throughout the morning, ADP registered voters.  The following Thursday, ADP held its MLK Celebration, honoring unsung heroes in visual and performing arts.

The University of Missouri-St. Louis sponsored a day of service, along with a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observance.  This featured Wes More, the host of “Beyond Belief,” the Cote Brillante Presbyterian Church Men’s Chorus, a scene from the play “Mountaintop” and a performance of “A Letter to Dr. King.”

The University of Washington Bothell, along with Cascadia Community College (Wash.), organized a day of service for students in honor of MLK Day. Volunteering opportunities included clearing invasive species and planting trees in the UW Bothell and Cascadia Community College wetlands, cleaning  at senior centers or nearby neighborhoods, participating in canned food and clothes drives, writing letters to service members, attending an advocacy workshop, learning about food justice and bowling with disabled children.

How did your campus celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.?  Let us know in the comment section!

ADP in the News │ January 8th Edition

By Caitlin Reilly, Program Associate, American Democracy Project

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

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


JFK Honored on Campus on Anniversary of his Death

In partnership with the Hulman Memorial Student Union Board, ADP sponsored a viewing of “JFK: Three Shots that Changed America” at Indiana State University.  The documentary covers the assassination of President John F. Kennedy from the president’s final speech to the search and arrest of Lee Harvey Oswald. Read more here.

ADP partnered with University of Northern Iowa’s (UNI) history and political science departments to sponsor a daylong program in honor of the anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s death.  The event featured a screening of “Remembering a Tragedy: Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy” and a panel discussion lead by UNI professors.  Read more here.

Indian Mascots Go on Trial at Weber State

Should college sports teams be able to use American Indians as mascots?  That was the subject of an ADP Issues trial held at Weber State University (Utah).  Attorneys argued different sides of the question, and the verdict was left to audience members to decide for themselves. Read more here.

Political Science Professors Invite Community Members for Project on Local Issues

California State Fullerton political science professors in association with ADP held a town hall-style meeting with nearly 300 students to encourage them to be active citizens in their local communities.  The event was open to the public and allowed participants to discuss local government issues, including homelessness, local elections and transportation issues.  Read more here.

Campus Embraces Civic Engagement through American Democracy Project

Illinois State University reflects on its 10th anniversary as a participant in the American Democracy Project. On the Illinois State campus, ADP is a joint endeavor between both the academic and student affairs departments, which some believe has allowed it to thrive there.  The interim director of Illinois State’s School of Communications, Stephen Hunt, is currently the national coordinator of ADP’s Political Engagement Project.  Read more here.

“Heroes” Event to Feature Crystal Mercer

Crystal C. Mercer of Little Rock, daughter of legendary civil rights lawyer Christopher C. Mercer Jr., will give a dramatic performance as part of “Unsung Heroes: Celebrating Freedom in the Visual and Performing Arts” at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith (UAFS).  The event will also include a student-led panel speaking on “Finding Your Voice in the Arts” and the presentation of the Unsung Hero Award given by ADP at UAFS.  Read more here.

ADP to Sponsor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Program

In conjunction with the MLK Day of Service, ADP invited David Baker, president of the Anniston-Calhoun County Branch of the NAACP to present a talk at Jacksonville State University (Ala.).  The talk is entitled, “A Good Time to Stand Up” and will address the importance of Dr. Martin Luther King’s, Jr. activism, and how his vision and efforts are relevant to contemporary issues of social justice and change. Read more here.

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