The American Democracy Project (ADP) is a multi-campus initiative that seeks to create an intellectual and experiential understanding of civic engagement for undergraduates enrolled at institutions that are members of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU).The goal of the project is to produce graduates who understand and are committed to engaging in meaningful actions as citizens in a democracy. Indiana University
South Bend is one of more than 250 campuses nationwide participating in this national initiative.
The IU South Bend American Democracy Project partners with the non-partisan Political Science Club to promote civic and political engagement initiatives. During the fall of 2011 and spring of 2012, the IU South Bend American Democracy Project, along with the IU South Bend Political Science Club, hosted 27 events that reached 1,718 members of the campus and local community and generated 29 local media stories. The 27 events included: three candidate debates, two issue forums, two forums on educational opportunities, two voter registration drives, voter information tables, a 9/11 tenth anniversary commemorative event, a Constitution Day celebration, six Times Talks, a film screening of the award winning film Iron Jawed Angels, two 3rd House Meetings (Co-sponsored by the St. Joseph County Chamber of Commerce), two public lectures, a Women of Power and Influence Luncheon and a live hearing by the Indiana Supreme Court.
The ADP is strictly non-partisan. We welcome involvement and ideas from community leaders, local political officials, and non-partisan civic organizations.