American Democracy Project

Register to vote. fill out a paper form during the voter registration drive each fall or go to vote.utah.gov to register online.Coordinated at Weber State University by the Democratic Engagement Team housed in Student Involvement and Leadership and the Center for Community Engaged Learning (CCEL). This project is focused on higher education’s role in preparing the next generation of informed and engaged citizens.

About the American Democracy Project

The American Democracy Project (ADP) is a multi-campus initiative focused on public higher education’s role in preparing the next generation of informed, engaged citizens for our democracy. The project began in 2003 as an initiative of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), in partnership with The New York Times.

The goal of the American Democracy Project is to produce graduates who are committed to being knowledgeable, involved citizens in their communities. The 250 participating colleges and universities, as members of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, have been described as “Stewards of Place.” As today’s undergraduates complete their studies and return to their communities, universities must prepare the next generation of citizens to become tomorrow’s “Stewards of Place.”

Learn More About ADP

Civic Engagement in Action Series: Seven Initiatives 

  1. The Stewardship of Public Lands
  2. Seven Revolutions
  3. Participatory Citizenship: American Democracy and the Jury System
  4. Political Engagement Project
  5. Strategies to Encouraging Voting
  6. Civic Engagement and the First Year
  7. Civic Commitment

All seven of these initiatives brings attention to a national issue. A variety of materials, program ideas and recommendations for campuses participating in the ADP were developed through the Civic Engagement in Action Series.

American Democracy Project campuses observe and participate in a series of Special Days of Action and Reflection. While we strive as a project to drive civic engagement deeper into the curriculum and co-curriculum of our campuses in long-term, lasting ways, we also recognize the importance of specific days of celebration. The special days in action and reflection that ADP observes include: 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance (September 11), Constitution Day and Citizenship Day (September 17), Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service (January 16, 2012), and Earth Day (April 22).

The Democracy Commitment

Modeled after the ADP, the Democracy Commitment (TDC) is a national civic engagement project for community colleges that aims to engage community college students in civic learning and democratic practice. The goal of the project is for every graduate of an American community college to have an education in democracy. This includes all community colleges students, whether they aim to transfer to a four-year college or university, to achieve an associate degree or to obtain a certificate.

Learn More About ADP Commitment

Weber State University Coordinators and Officers

  • Sheldon Cheshire, co-coordinator American Democracy Project/Democratic Engagement Team, SIL Assistant Director of Leadership
  • Leah Murray, co-coordinator American Democracy Project/Democratic Engagement Team, CCEL Democratic Engagement Coordinator
  • Tim Isom, American Democracy Project Chair
  • Colt Jarvis, Democratic Engagement Team Chair
  • Myla Andersen
  • Bret Alexander
  • Erin Dominguez
  • Jen Willden

  2016-17 Calendar

September

  • 14 - Laughlin McDonald, 11:30 a.m. (Collaboration with the Walker Institute)
  • 15 - Voter Registration Simulation evening
  • 16 - Rock the Vote evening (Collaboration with the Walker Institute)
  • Democracy Wall in the Union Atrium
  • 26 – Debate Watch Fireplaee Lounge

October

  • 19 – Debate Watch in Fireplace Lounge
  • Democracy Wall in the Union Atrium

November

  • 8 – Election Night Party
  • Democracy Wall in the Union Atrium

December

  • Democracy Wall in the Union Atrium

January

  • State of the Union Watch
  • Elect Us
  • Democracy Wall in the Union Atrium

February

  • Human Library
  • Democracy Wall in the Union Atrium

March

  • 1 - Deliberative Democracy Day in the Ballrooms
  • Democracy Wall in the Union Atrium

April

  • Democracy Wall in the Union Atrium

 

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