6th Annual Deliberative Democracy Day to Examine College Athletics

OGDEN, Utah – “Sports in College: Helping or Hurting Us?” will be the focus of this year’s 6th Annual Deliberative Democracy Day, March 19 at Weber State University from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

A panel discussion from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. will feature Mike Caldwell, Ogden City mayor and WSU’s Amy Crosby, assistant athletic director; Molly Smith human performance and management professor; and Brad Mortensen, University Advancement vice president. They will field questions about athletics from students and the general public in Shepherd Union Ballroom B.

Prior to the panel discussion, students will meet in small focus groups to discuss issues surrounding collegiate athletics, from Title IX and the value of women’s athletics, to economic impact on WSU and Ogden, to how the reputation of athletic teams affect alumni and donor loyalty. These focus groups will allow participants to dive into the topic, learning jargon, details and laws associated with it, as well as have the opportunity to hear their peers’ opinions.

“Deliberation is such an important life skill,” said Leah Murray, program co-chair and political science and philosophy associate professor.  “Participation enables students to say, ‘I’ve been through a deliberated focus group and had hard, civil conversation and had to live with the outcome.’ In other classes there are unnatural debates, where one person argues this stance and the other argues the opposite, whereas these conversations you might have over lunch with your friends.”

The event is part of the national American Democracy Project’s (ADP) Deliberative Democracy Day. According to its website, the ADP is a “multi-campus initiative focused on higher education’s role in preparing the next generation of informed, engaged citizens.” The project began in 2003 as an initiative of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities in partnership with the New York Times.

The panel presentation is free and open to the public.

For more information about WSU’s Deliberative Democracy Day, visit weber.edu/leadership/adp.

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Leah Murray, associate professor of political science and philosophy
801-626-6995 • lmurray@weber.edu
Cozette Jenkins, University Communications
801-626-7948 • cozettejenkins@weber.edu