American Democracy Project
ADP is Central to My Mission
Since 2003 I have had the good fortune to be involved in the American Association of State Colleges and Universities' American Democracy Project (ADP). Founded in the early 2000's by Provosts at twelve AASCU universities, ADP seeks to build social capital and civic engagement among college students. Influenced by Putnam's findings in Bowling Alone, the Provosts met at the Wingspread Conference to develop a nationwide commitment to universities being a core locus for civic skills building and acts of leadership.
Over time I have held a number of roles, both on participating campuses and with the ADP national leadership.
Fort Hays State University
Creator and Supervisor, Times Talk. (2003-2017) As part of our ADP commitment while at FHSU, I founded the Times Talk program in conjunction with our partner the New York Times. Weekly talks on topics in the NYT were conducted by faculty, students, and community members.
ADP Campus Coordinator, (2004-2008). Chaired the ADP Vision Team, supervised all campus activities, and served as liaison with the AASCU leadership.
Five-time presenter at ADP annual meeting
University of West Georgia
ADP Campus Director, (2017-2021)
Voter Registration, Education, and Mobilization campus leader, 2020-2021
Chair, Georgia (statewide) caucus of ADP institutions, 2018-2021
Chair of Georgia Caucus of ADP Institutions, 2018-2021
Produced an ADP Coordinator's Guide for new and reviving ADP institutions
ADP National Civic Fellow, 2019-2021.
Liaised with national steering committee on behalf of Georgia Caucus
ADP National Civic Fellow, 2022-present
Renewed for a second term to conduct an in-depth study of ADP institutionalization at participating campuses