Democracy & Civic Action Week


September 17-25, 2018

Spanning from Constitution Day through National Voter Registration Day, this week's events explore diverse perspectives about the role of democracy and civic engagement in the United States. Departments, programs, and organizations across campus will present a wide-range of activities to engage both campus and community members in reflecting on their rights and responsibilities that are fundamental to creating a civil society.  

Event Schedule

All Events Free and Open to the Public

  • Monday, September 17
    Noon - 3:00 pm
    Cuddy Quad
    • Read a Line, Get a Vine: Public Reading of U.S. Constitution
    • Distribution of Copies of the U.S. Constitution
    Coalition for Democracy & Civic Action
    7:30 - 9:00 pm
    LIB 307
    14th Annual Constitution Day Chartwell Lecture
    "Birthright Citizenship and Administrative Law: Did an Unelected Bureaucrat Alter the Meaning of the 14th Amendment's Citizenship Clause?"
    Dr. John C. Eastman, Chapman University
    Made possible by support from the Jack Miller Center for Teaching America's Founding Principles and History through a grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust.
    Presented by the Department of Political Science and Union League of Anchorage
  • Tuesday, September 18
    1:00 - 3:00 pm
    Student Union
    Citizenship Quiz Game
    Department of Communication & School of Social Work
    3:00 - 4:00 pm
    Student Union: Cafeteria
    Pizza & the Press: A Conversation with Local Journalists
    The Northern Light
    6:00 - 7:30 pm
    LIB 307
    Thwarting Democracy: The Ebb and Flow of Voting Rights in America
    Dr. Ian Hartman, Department of History
    Free Parking | Library Lot Only
    6:00 -8:00 pm
    RH 110
    Know Your Rights
    Presented by the Latino Student Union & ACLU of Alaska
    6:30 - 9:00 pm
    SSB 119
    James Madison Cup Competition
    Presented by the Political Science Association and Pi Sigma Alpha
  • Wednesday, September 19
    Noon - 3:00 pm
    ARTS 129
    Theatre as a Means of Promoting Social and Political Change: An Interactive Workshop Using Boal's Techniques for Community Engagement
    Participation limited to 25.
    Dr. Brian Cook, Theatre & Dance Department
    Free Parking | East Lot
    6:00 - 7:30 pm
    Student Union: The Den
    Compulsory Citizenship: An Ethics Bowl Debate and Discussion of Mandatory Voting
    Dr. Stephanie Bauer, UAA Ethics Center & Philosophy Club
    Free Parking | South Lot
  • Thursday, September 20
    11:30 am - 12:45 pm
    LIB 307 
    Think Tank: How Can We Safely Reduce the U.S. Prison Population?
    Coalition for Democracy & Civic Action & ACLU of Alaska
    Free Parking | Library Lot
    3:00 - 4:30 pm
    Student Union: South Cafeteria
    How to Start the Plastic Free Challenge: A Civic Action Plan
    Dr. Herminia Din, Department of Art
    Free Parking | South Lot
    6:00 - 7:00 pm Reception
    7:00 - 9:00 pm  Forum
    Wendy Williamson Auditorium
    Am Alaska Gubernatorial Candidate Forum
    Candidates: Bill Walker, Mike Dunleavy, and Mark Begich
    Presented by The Anchorage Branch of NAACP, the UAA Multicultural Center, and Kappa Alpha Psi Anchorage Alumni Chapter
    7:00 - 8:00 pm
    Gorsuch Commons 107
    Debate: "Youth Votes Should Be Weighted to Count More than Votes Cast by Elderly Citizens"
    Seawolf Debate Program
    Fre Parking | Willow Lot
  • Friday, September 21
    11:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Wendy Williamson Auditorium
    Naturalization Ceremony & Reception
    Presented by U.S. District Court & League of Women Voters of Anchorage
    5:00 - 8:00 pm
    SSB 118
    Movie & Panel Discussion: "This Changes Everything"
    UAA/APU Books of the Year
    Moderator: Dr. Ian Hartman, Department of History
    Panelists: Dr. Mei Mei Evans, APU; Dr. Alex James, UAA; Dr. Shannon Donovan, UAA
    Free Parking
  • Saturday, September 22
    10:30 - Noon
    Loussac Public Library:  Learning Commons
    Voting Stories
    Campus Vote Project  & Dialogues for Public Life
    with support from Loussac Public Library
    Noon - 3:00 pm
    Loussac Public Library: Atrium
    Civics Fair
    Loussac Public Library, Welcoming Anchorage, & Coalition for Democracy & Civic Action
  • Monday, September 24
    4:00 - 5:30 pm
    Multicultural Center, RH 106
    Voting Stories
    Campus Vote Project, Dialogues for Public Life & Multicultural Center
    Free Parking | West Campus Central Lot
  • Tuesday, September 25
    11:30 am - 4:00 pm
    RH Lobby
    Voter Registration
    Multicultural Center & Campus Vote Project UAA
    6:00 - 8:00 pm
    LIB 307

    Closing Celebration & Reception

    • Keynote Address: "Creating a Culture of Democracy on Campus: What's Your Role?"

    Dr. Jennifer Domagal-Goldman, ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge

    • Essay Contest Awards

    Free Parking | Library Lot

  • Week-long Events


    "Is Voting a Right, a Responsibility, or a Privilege?"

    Entries Due Tuesday, September 18th

    Awards sponsored by the ACLU of Alaska & League of Women Voters of Anchorage

    Democracy Wall 
    Student Union
    Student Life & Leadership
    U.S. Constitution Display
    LIB, First Floor
    UAA/APU Consortium Library


  • Planning Committee
    Donna Aguiniga, Co-Chair, Social Work
    Stephanie Bauer, Philosophy
    Faculty, Political Science
    Jackie Cason, English
    Brian Cook, Theater & Dance
    Herminia Din, Art
    Ian Hartman, History
    Marsha Olson, Co-Chair, Communication
    James M. Muller, Political Science
    Andre Thorne, Multicultural Center


  • National Study of Learning, Voting and Engagement

    The National Study of Learning, Voting and Engagement (NSLVE) is an initiative from Tufts University that provides registration and turnout rates to participating universities. UAA began participating in NSLVE during the summer of 2016 and intends to continue for the foreseeable future. As a result of our participation, we have access to both the 2012 and 2016 registration and turnout rates from our students. Using this data as a jumping-off point, Campus Vote Project UAA has strove to provide consistent voter outreach to our students. We're happy to note that our NSLVE report shows a 21.7% increase in the number of students registered to vote at UAA and a 7% increase in student voter turnout from 2012 to 2016.

    NSLVE UAA Report


Keynote Speaker

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

"Creating a Culture of Democracy on Campus:
What's Your Role?"
6:00 pm | UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307

JenJennifer Domagal-Goldman is the Associate Director of the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge. Prior to joining  ALL IN, Dr. Domagal-Goldman served for seven years as the national manager of the American Democracy Project, a national civic learning and democratic engagement network of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). Dr. Domagal-Goldman serves on the editorial board of the eJournal of Public AffairsShe has contributed to a number of civic engagement publications including co-authoring chapters in Reimagining Democratic Societies: A New Era of Personal and Social Responsibility (2013), Becoming a Steward of Place: Four Areas of Institutional Focus (2014), and Student Civic Outcomes in Service Learning: Conceptual Frameworks and Methods (2017), She also contributed to Higher Education’s Role in Enacting a Thriving Democracy: Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Theory of Change (2018). Dr. Domagal-Goldman earned her doctorate in higher education from the Pennsylvania State University. She received her master’s degree in higher education and student affairs administration from the University of Vermont and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester. 

additional support from
Seawolf Debate Program and Atwood Foundation

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