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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 Campuses in the News | November 2015 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


Campus Spotlight: Kennesaw State’s 2015 Constitution Day Events

By Carlton Usher, Associate Professor of Political Science, Kennesaw State University

For the previous seven years Kennesaw State University (Ga.) has honored Constitution Day by extending the day into a week of activities. This year was no different.

Jerry Gonzalez and KSU students

Jerry Gonzalez and KSU students

Our week of activities started on Constitution Day with voter registration activities on both Kennesaw and Marietta campuses. Michael Sanseviro, Dean of Students, led the effort to promote voter registration on behalf of ADP and CLDE. Registration sites were located on both campuses and included voter registration tables and student leaders serving as what Dean Sanseviro calls “roving registrars.” These roving registrars are student leaders with iPads canvassing the campuses encouraging students to sign up to vote on the spot. Sanseviro also collaborated with SGA president, TurboVote, and the Center for Student Leadership to focus on first-year and first-time voters.

On September 19, Professor Carlton Usher led a teach-in on the constitution and religious freedom. Each student was offered a pocket constitution and small gifts furnished by the New York Times were awarded to the winners of the constitution quiz.

Usher also coordinated two other events to advance civic learning. On September 22, Voter Registration Day Jerry Gonzalez the founding and current Executive Director of Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO) and the GALEO Latino Community Development Fund was invited to campus. His lecture titled Electoral Involvement and Participation: A Latino Perspective was informative and engaging. As one student puts it “though I am not Latino, I walked away understanding the issues a little clearer, immigration especially. I am glad you invited us to this program and I met

KSU first year students focused on lecture

KSU first year students focused on lecture

some great people.” Another remarked that “… the high level of conversation during the Q&A shocked me a bit, I assumed my friends of other ethnicities did not know the issues, it turns out they do, I feel good about that.” Some major themes of Gonzalez’s lecture included charging students to become involved, staying involved, staying abreast of the issues and to impact change now. He discussed the Georgia electorate, voting rights, immigration, representative government, and the impact of new laws on Georgia’s Latino citizens. The ethnically diverse audience was fully engaged and several students registered to vote at the end of the lecture. Our speaker was pleased with the high level of civic and electoral understanding of our student population. It was a great learning experience for all including staff and faculty who dropped by to offer their support for our work.

Tierra G registering to vote

Tierra G registering to vote

To connect with the perpetual mission of advancing global learning and student engagement at Kennesaw State University, Michael Slackman, International Managing Editor for The New York Times gave a lecture on September 24 titled Currents in Global Reporting and Democracy. After a great introduction by a student leader, Slackman offered us on a compelling narrative of his work abroad. He successfully framed the discussion of global reporting within the context of citizenship, democracy, and participation. He engaged the students on popular subjects such as Middle East politics, citizen media, natural disaster reporting, and the challenges of global reporting. His enthusiasm for the subject coupled with firsthand accounts of his work made for a great afternoon. The audience, mostly first-year students were fully engaged and had plenty of post lecture observations and questions. Several journalism students remarked later about how helpful he was discussing the profession with them. His willingness to help and using his personal biography to explain his work was greatly appreciated by the students, staff, and faculty in attendance. It was a splendid and informative affair.

Michael Slacker, Carlton Usher and KSU students

Michael Slacker, Carlton Usher and KSU students

Overall, Constitution Week was a great week of activities and lectures for our students, staff, and faculty. Our tradition of extending constitution day to a week focused on student civic empowerment requires various partnerships, long –term planning and support from the office of the provost; all of which made the planning quite rewarding. With all the exciting additions to ADP at Kennesaw State University, we are sure our tradition to encourage greater engagement from an already engaged university will continue with great success.

Text, Talk, Act: National Conversations about Mental Health

Text, Talk, Act is a nationwide conversation on mental health and how to help a friend in need. How does this work? A group of friends gets together and through text messaging the group receives discussion questions that lead them through a conversation about mental health. Talking about the importance of mental health issues is essential, but many people don’t know how to start the conversation.

You can register your school, club, or organization to win a prize for participating in Text, Talk, Act of $1,000 by clicking here.

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