Welcome to American Democracy Project at IU South Bend

ADP LogoBy joining the American Democracy Project you will develop your leadership skills and have the opportunity to network with civic leaders. Members of ADP will become politically engaged while building the knowledge, skills, and dispositions required to make a positive difference in their communities

Develop your leadership skills. Build your network. Enhance your resume. Make a difference!

Events and Programs

  • Voter Registration Drives
  • Voter Registration Information Tables
  • Election Forums
  • Live Candidate Debates
  • Debate Watch Parties
  • Constitution Day Celebration
  • Times Talks
  • Film Screenings
  • Public Issue Forums
  • Public Lectures
  • Diversity Reading Program
  • Community Service Projects
  • Live Oral Arguments (IN Supreme Court & IN Appeal Court)
  • Online Voter Guide (in partnership with the League of Women Voters & South Bend Tribune)

Fall 2016 Events

School Board Candidate Forum
South Bend Community School Corp. Candidates
Monday, October 10, 6:30—8:30 P.M.
At Large: John Anella, Jasmine Brown, Cory Gathright, David James, 
Annette Malone, Jeannette McCullough, Karl Nichols, Maritza Robles
District 3: Scott Siler, Leslie Wesley
Co-Sponsored by the School of Education at IU South Bend.
View video of the debate here.

U.S. House Candidate Debate
October 11, 6:30—8:00 P.M.
2nd Congressional District
Confirmed candidates include:
Ron Cenkush (L), Lynn Coleman (D)
View video of the debate here.

Indiana House Candidate Debates
Wednesday, October 12, 6:30 - 8:30 P.M.
Back-to-back district debates! Stay for all three!
Confirmed candidates include:
District 7 - Justin Chupp (R), Joe Taylor (D), James Gillen (L)
View video of the debate here.
District 8 - Ryan Dvorak (D), Dick Pfeil (R), No Candidate (L)
View video of the debate here.
District 21 -Jodi Buoscio (D), Ethan Legg (L), Tim Wesco (R)
View video of the debate here.

Indiana Senate Candidate Debates 
Meet the candidates at a reception following this live event. 
Wednesday, October 19th, 6:30 to 8:00pm 
Education and Arts Bldg, Room 1011 (1002 Esther St., Free parking) 
The event will feature back-to-back debates featuring candidates running in Districts 10 and 8. 
District 10 - David Niezgodski (D), Gerard Arthus (L) 
View video of the debate here.
District 8 - Mike Bohacek (R), Maxine Spenner (D)
View video of the debate here.

For a list of our upcoming events, click here. View our Fall 2016 brochure here.

Debate Live stream available here

Get in touch

Please contact us with any questions about the American Democracy Project. Share your ideas for future programing and partnerships with us! We look forward to hearing from you!