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Calling All Students (And Faculty)! ADP National Student Advisory Council Info Session @ #ADPTDC13

By Mandie Barnes, Student, Weber State University (Utah)

The American Democracy Project is all about by the people, for the people. Students are a lot of ADP’s people, and ADP National wants to give them a voice.

After attending last year’s national meeting in San Antonio, I, along with other students present, realized that we did not have many opportunities to share our opinions on what we were doing on our campuses and our ideas with other students. There weren’t many workshops that allowed us to learn specifically from other students and really relate to one another. ADP wants to inform and engage students, and we thought that should be something that occurs not only throughout the academic year through the work on our campuses, but at the national meeting as well. And we decided to see if we could help make that happen.

While I was at the conference I remember talking with other students in the workshops, in the elevator, even at dinner, about how we wished students could play a bigger role at this conference. These discussions stuck with me after I left San Antonio, and I began discussing it with my adviser at Weber State University (Utah). She encouraged me to make it happen, and ADP National Manager Jennifer Domagal-Goldman was ready to help.

Since that initial conversation occurred, the idea about creating more opportunities for students at the national meeting has morphed and propelled a greater vision forward:

Our goal is not only to reach students more at the annual conference but throughout the entire year.

The American Democracy Project is looking to establish a National Student Advisory Council that will offer students’ voices a conduit from their campuses to the program’s national manager. The council will be comprised of current undergraduate/graduate students at AASCU member institutions participating in ADP, and it will be steered by an executive board, made up of a smaller group of the same students, who will offer leadership to their ADP peers across the country and facilitate exchanges of ideas on current issues, various ADP-related topics and campus and national initiatives, programs and events.

We invite students and faculty to attend the ADP National Student Advisory Council Info Session at #ADPTDC13 in Denver to learn more about how you can get involved, and in true ADP fashion, tell us how we can better inform and engage students on your campus. This session will be held on Friday, June 7, 2013, from 5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Denver Ballroom, Suites I/II.

Also, rumor has it they’re throwing a mixer for students following our session–stay tuned for more on that. And, if you are an ADP student and have not already done so, be sure to join the Facebook group!

ADP Reminder: Friday Deadlines

Red Ribbon Around FingerHappy Tuesday/
Day for Your Weekly Reminder about Upcoming ADP Deadlines!

ADP has two big deadlines rapidly approaching, and we just wanted to remind you and your students of the following one last time:

  • THIS FRIDAY, February 22:

Two ADP students (4-year) and two TDC students (2-year) will also have the opportunity to keynote one of our plenary sessions on a panel at the ADP/TDC National Meeting if they are selected as our Student Plenary contest winners. The four students will receive free registration to our conference and national notoriety! It’s free; it’s easy; it’s fun. Read more about how to enter here.

AASCU’s American Democracy Project, established in 2003, is commemorating its 10th anniversary during the 2012-2013 academic year. To celebrate this milestone, we’re inviting submissions for a student-designed logo competition for a new ADP logo.

ADP’s Logo Under Construction: Announcing our Student-Designed Logo Competition!

ADP logo under constructionCalling all informed and engaged graphic designers; have we got a job for you! ADP is turning ten, and we want to move into another decade with a fresh look.

AASCU’s American Democracy Project, established in 2003, is commemorating its 10th anniversary during the 2012-2013 academic year. To celebrate this milestone, we’re sponsoring a student-designed logo competition for a new ADP logo.

A contest overview and guidelines can be found below. You can also download them here.

ADP Logo Design Competition Overview and Guidelines

AASCU’s American Democracy Project, established in 2003, is commemorating its 10th anniversary during the 2012-2013 academic year. To celebrate this milestone, we’re inviting submissions for a student-designed logo competition for a new ADP logo.

Submission Deadline:

11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on February 22, 2013

Thematic Elements:

The logo should reflect the American Democracy Project’s mission to prepare the next generation of informed, engaged citizens for our democracy. The logo should incorporate some thematic elements related to ADP, such as democracy, students, participation, engagement and/or learning.

Technical Specifications:

  • All designs to be original; no use of service marked or trademarked design elements can be included.
  • The logo is limited to two colors and selection will consider how well the design translates to black and white.
  • Graphics and illustrations can be used, but photographs may not.
  • The logo must include “AASCU’s American Democracy Project”.
  • The logo must include a space where participating colleges and universities can incorporate their name to customize the logo.
  • The logo can be of any shape, but it should translate well to online use (such as Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites).
  • For submission purposes only, send us your logo as a .jpeg, 72 dpi, maximum width 400 pixels.
    Please note: If your logo is selected we will require a high-resolution Adobe Illustrator file.


  • The logo can be designed by an individual or by a team, but all designers must be registered undergraduate students at an AASCU member college or university with an American Democracy Project program.  For a list of such colleges and universities, visit
  • You will submit your information and logo online via the web form at You will be asked to provide the following information at submission: first and last name, contact information (mailing address, phone number, email address), institution and class year (freshman, sophomore, junior, senior), the name and contact information for your ADP Campus Coordinator (phone number and email address) and a certification that no service or trade-marked design elements have been incorporated.
    Files should be named as adplogo_Your First Initial and Last Name (e.g., adplogo_jdomagal-goldman).
  • Deadline for logo submission is February 22, 2013.


This competition is open to current undergraduate students enrolled at an AASCU member institution with an American Democracy Project program.  For a list of such colleges and universities, visit

Selection Process and Details:

  • An internal AASCU committee and the ADP National Manager will review the logo submissions and select the logo that best reflects the mission of the American Democracy Project.
    Designers are encouraged to familiarize themselves with ADP to gain a better understanding of what the logo should attempt to capture:
  • The winning designer(s) and logo, following notification and signing necessary documents, will be featured in a 2013 issue of the AASCU magazine, Public Purpose.
  • The winning designer(s) and logo will also be featured on the ADP National Blog, as well as ADP’s various social media channels, including Facebook and Twitter.
  • The winning designer will receive a waived registration fee for the 2013 ADP National Meeting (June 6-8, 2013).
    In the event that the winning logo has been designed by a team of students, they will receive a registration discount equal to the full registration fee for one student.
  • The winning logo will be officially announced and unveiled at the opening of the American Democracy Project National Meeting in Denver, Colorado June 6-8, 2013.

About the Logo:

The American Democracy Project logo will appear on most, if not all, printed ADP materials, including brochures, meeting programs, and monographs.  It will also be included in electronic correspondence and will be prominently featured online on the AASCU website, ADP blog and social media channels, and other various web-venues.

Legal Information:

By submitting a competition entry form, along with your logo design, you agree to the terms and conditions as outlined above and grant and assign all right, title, and interest in the logo to the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

AASCU reserves the right to reject all submissions for this competition and/or to make its use available in any way AASCU determines (i.e., restricted use or unrestricted use).

For questions or more information, contact:

Jennifer Domagal-Goldman
American Democracy Project National Manager | 202.478.4833

Student Spotlight: UW-La Crosse’s Katie Svitavsky, City Council Member

By Katherine Kvitavsky, student, UW-La Crosse

Katherine Svitavsky

Where I go to school, everyone is involved in something. From intramural sports to marching band to diversity organizations, students in La Crosse are known for being active and engaged. It is, in part, because of this culture of service that I chose to be involved in our city government, representing a mostly-student district on the City of La Crosse Common Council. A year ago, I had just begun my first semester at UW-L. A year ago, if someone told me that I soon would be an elected official, I wouldn’t have believed them. But here I am, now entering my second year as a student, my first year as a resident assistant, and serving as a city council member.

I first chose to get involved on campus by representing students who lived in my residence hall in our campus Residence Hall Association (RHA). My job, along with my co-representative, was to be a voice for the 400 students living in my building. This experience was unique because it challenged me to think about policy and how it affected not only students living in my building but also all students on campus. Additionally, representing students in this capacity gave me valuable leadership skills, knowledge, and experience to represent them in our City Council, and I can’t give my time working with RHA enough credit for the impact it had on me.

As I meet and work with more people, I constantly am amazed at how driven they are and the  awesome, inspirational things of which they have been a part.  One of the many people I have had the privilege of meeting and working with is Karin Johnson, who I first met in a public administration class during my first semester at UW-L. Representing the campus area on our county board, I first remember being impressed with Karin’s physically being in the position, but as I became more familiar with her, what really struck me was how energetic and passionate she was about local issues.

One day in spring, Karin asked me to take a look at the open City Council position. The person who had the position before me was also a UW-L student who was graduating that year, and had resigned in April, leaving a space in the Council to be filled by appointment to fill out his term ending in April 2013. I was on the fence for a while about whether or not to apply for the position, especially considering the time commitments—trying to balance being a student, resident assistant, and council member is something that is still challenging for me at times. Additionally, I wasn’t sure I could do it. I hadn’t had much experience working with a city outside of the classroom; there was an obvious learning curve associated with the position. After some serious self-evaluation and encouragement from my peers and others, I decided to submit my resume to the Council. I was granted an interview, and then was appointed in May to the position.

As a council member, I attend a lot of meetings. I never understood the concept of “government work being done in committees” until I was assigned to the Finance and Personnel committee, where we work on, examine, and discuss proposed legislation and then bring it to the rest of the council. Additionally, I work with members of the community, non-profit groups, city employees, and other council members to shape policy for the community as well as policy specific to my district. I love the job because I get to see my and others’ efforts come to fruition, and there are tangible results from action the city takes, which is why I am running in April to keep on the council after my appointment officially ends.

When Karin suggested I take a look at the open position, I was skeptical. At first I questioned, “why me?”  when the real question should have been, “why not me?” I think so often young people, especially young women, have difficulty quantifying and articulating their skills—not only to themselves but also to others. Simply put, we don’t give ourselves enough credit for not only what we have done and are doing, but also for what we will be achieving in the future. Even if we don’t have an exact picture of our future, it is important to be energized and confident in what we will achieve.

But with our opportunities and successes comes a great responsibility. Just as I didn’t become involved without the encouragement of others, future leaders also need to have that same support. Just as Karin extended her hand to me, I cannot leave without extending my hands to others.

At times being a council member, in combination with being a student and a resident assistant, is stressful. There are times when I wish I could press “pause” and take the day—or week—off. But the rewards of this job far outweigh the stressful times, and I am constantly energized by the work I am a part of because I truly feel I am making a positive difference in the community. What I learned in this past year, the thing that has been proven to me one hundred times over, the best “tip for success” I can offer, is that there are so many opportunities to be taken advantage of if we can take ownership of the fact that we are worthy of them as well as the challenges they present. It may not always be easy, but it will be worth the effort.

About Katie:

Originally from Neenah, WI, Katherine Svitavsky is a student at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse perusing degrees in Political Science and Public Administration. She currently represents the 5th district of the city of La Crosse on the city’s Common Council, and is also a Resident Assistant on campus. In her spare time, Katherine enjoys kayaking, hiking, reading, and listening to music.

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