American Democracy Project

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The American Democracy Project (ADP) is a multi-campus initiative focused on higher education's role in preparing the next generation of informed, engaged citizens for our democracy.

The goal of the American Democracy Project is to produce graduates who are committed to being active, involved citizens in their communities.

Cal U was one of the first universities to pilot the American Democracy Project in 2003.

Mission Statement

The American Democracy Project seeks to create a greater intellectual understanding and commitment to participate in the civic life of the United States.

Focused on undergraduates at public colleges and universities, the ADP has created a collaborative network of 250 public colleges and universities in 46 states and the District of Columbia that are member institutions of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU).

The project, sponsored by AASCU in collaboration with The New York Times, provides opportunities for participating campuses to engage in activities and projects designed to increase the number of undergraduate students committed to meaningful civic actions.

Voter Information

The American Democracy Project directs students and others to reliable, nonpartisan information about voter registration, voting procedures and polling locations. The ADP encourages participation in the electoral process by holding voter registration drives and encouraging voter turnout, especially among Cal U students.

ADP Activities

The ADP holds a variety of forums and panel presentations that are open to the public. By bringing recognized political scientists and award-winning reporters to campus to discuss campaign issues and analyze election results, the ADP fosters awareness of the political process and important issues of the day.

During the presidential election cycle, the American Democracy Project has enabled students to attend the Democratic and Republican national conventions, so they can witness the political process firsthand. Students report their experiences online and in person, sharing what they learn with the broader community.

Related Organizations

The American Democracy Project works closely with organizations on campus that support the ADP's mission of political engagement.

California Campaign Consultants

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California Campaign Consultants (CCC) is a multidisciplinary organization that teaches students the basics of professionalizing campaigns, including:

  • Campaign strategy.
  • Graphic design.
  • Voter mobilization.
  • Debate techniques.

Faculty in political science, behavioral sociology, graphic design and art, communication studies, theater, and journalism share their expertise with students.

Members use their skills to manage campaigns for student government president. 

Several former CCC members hold public office or work in local, state or federal government. Others have earned graduate degrees in applied campaign management, public administration, public policy and law.

The ADP Advisory Board

An advisory board of faculty, administrators, staff and students supports the work of the American Democracy Project at Cal U.

Campus director
Dr. Melanie J. Blumberg

College of Liberal Arts
Dr. Kelton Edmonds
Dr. Craig Fox
Dr. Michael Hummel
Dr. Patricia Milford
Dr. Keat Murray
Dr. Emily Sweitzer
Dr. Laura Tuennerman 

Eberly College of Science and Technology
Dr. David Argent
Dr. Carol Bocetti
Dr. Gary DeLorenzo
Dr. Kyle Fredrick
Dr. Paul Hettler
Dr. Thomas Mueller
Dr. Louise Nicholson
Dr. Mary O'Connor 

College of Education and Human Services
Dr. Sheri Boyle
Nancy Carlino
Dr. Holly Diehl
Dr. Ayanna Lyles
Dr. Connie Monroe
Dr. Gwendolyn Perry-Burney
Dr. Michelle Torregano
Dr. Pamela Twiss 

Manderino Library
William Meloy

Christine Kindl
Dr. Nancy Pinardi
Sheleta Carmada-Webb 

Lynn Baron
Cindy Speer 

Student Association Inc. (SAI)
Joy Helsel 

Ellen Mariko Boyle
Jaron Castriano
Jerron Corley
Cameron Eisenhauer
Shyanne Hilliard
Jonathan Hoover 
Tristan Smith
Ashley Teets
India Washington