Check out the new DemocracyU website at www.civicyouth.org/democracyu/, the internet home to the American Commonwealth Partnership. The website highlights the inspiring work that engaged students are achieving at universities, colleges and communities across the country. The site will include students’ personal stories of off-campus activities as well as discussion and debate on the evolving role of university and college students in engaging in public work that benefits society.
DemocracyU is asking students to sign up for their newsletter to stay in touch with the initiative. They are also are asking that students to answer this question: What problem most urgently needs addressing where you are and how can students make a difference? Share your stories, thoughts and ideas on Facebook and Twitter @DemocracyU and inspire other students to do the same. Also take a look at the DemocracyU blog.
If you’re interested in sharing your civic engagement work on the DemocracyU blog, contact Karin Kamp at [email protected]. Blog posts should be a few hundred words and focused on civic work on and off campus. These questions can serve as a guideline for their posts:
Briefly describe the type of civic initiatives are you working on.
- Why is this work important to you?
- What have you learned through the experience?
- Why is it important for students to be engaged in civic initiatives?
The ACP is part of a coordinated effort with the White House Office of Public Engagement, the Association of American Colleges and Universities, and the Department of Education, to begin a year of activity called, “For Democracy’s Future – Reclaiming Our Civic Mission.” It will kick off on the 150th anniversary of the Morrill Act, signed by President Lincoln in 1862, another year of crisis in the nation. The Morrill Act created colleges known for their commitment to democracy. As part of the initiative, the Department of Education is preparing a policy initiative to strengthen civic learning and democratic engagement in higher education and education broadly.