American Democracy Project


The purpose of the American Democracy Project (ADP) at UNK is to promote both civic and political engagement among students, providing opportunities across campus for individuals to be involved in the democratic community through volunteering, advocacy, voting, and service learning.

The American Democracy Project is a national program gaining momentum on university campuses. The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) sponsors the program, in partnership with The New York Times.

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Recent Activity

UNK Talks

Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 UNK Talks, Jessica Buss & Keesha Albrecht!

    Keesha Albrecht and Jessica Buss’s presentation on "One Book, One Campus: Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography for Today's Society" was awarded grand prize totaling $500!Keesha Albrecht and Jessica Buss presenting their UNK Talks topic.

    The other four presenters who were selected to compete were: Micah Carlson - Improving Cultural Literacy: The Lessons to be Learned in Winthrop's Idea of Charity, Mackenzie Marrow - Informing the Public about Depression, Kato Craig & Erin Green - Community Engagement and a Healthy Environment, and Lindsay Warning, Melissa Sellers, & Brooke Frederick - Connecting Beyond the Classroom: NATA Spring Forum. Each of the presenters were awarded $200 for participating in UNK Talks. Special thanks to everyone who helped make UNK Talks successful for a third time!

Thanks to UNK American Democracy Project partners and supporters, a guest speaker wrote an article mentioning UNK in the international Arctic Journal.

Our pilot "UNK Talks" event was nationally recognized in the Campus Spotlight section of the ADP monthly newsletter and was covered in an article by UNK Communications.  ADP Committee members representing the "First Year" program also received good press coverage as Aaron's winning "Talk" received top honors.

The UNK American Democracy Project hosted an Election Information Forum: An Overview of Non-Presidential Ballot Issues & Candidates

Regional Issues Forum Handout

Representatives from the Buffalo County Democratic and Republican Parties gave an overview of the candidates appearing on most central Nebraska ballot tickets. The focus was on regional and state contested ballot items (i.e. not items with only one choice of candidates).  The event informed voters about regional races that have not received as much media attention.

For more information about ADP at UNK

Shawn Kaskie, Coordinator