NSUBA presenting Democracy Wall project

The NSU-Broken Arrow Democracy Wall project is Sept. 20-23, and students are encouraged to visit any of several tables and answer the question "What is Democracy?" by writing on the butcher-paper table covers.

The campus-wide event is held in recognition of Constitution Day and is part of the American Democracy Project.

"Constitution Day is a federal day of attention to the privileges of democracy," said Dr. Jocelyn Payne, assistant professor of educational foundations and leadership at NSUBA and lead organizer of the event. "Our democracy wall is an activity to bring our students' focus to their own understandings of democracy. It means a lot of different things for different people. By asking our students to articulate their ideas about democracy, we foster greater awareness and understanding and perhaps learn more about our democracy."

The American Democracy Project is a multi-campus initiative focused on higher education’s role in preparing the next generation of informed, engaged citizens for American democracy. 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 goal of the project is to produce graduates who are committed to being active, involved citizens in their communities. More than 220 colleges and universities participate.

The Democracy Wall is a project of the NSU American Democracy Project Committee, the NSUBA Office of Student Affairs and the NSUBA American Democracy Team with the assistance of the NSUBA Student Government Association.

For more information about the Democracy Wall at NSUBA contact Dr. Jocelyn Payne at (918) 449-6586. To learn more about the American Democracy Project, visit http://www.aascu.org/programs

Published: 9/20/2010 11:33:47 AM

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