Work in Progress: American Democracy Project Takeaways

David Hoffman is UMBC’s assistant director of student life for civic agency.

David HoffmanEarlier this month, I joined 21 other members of the UMBC community—students, faculty, staff and a recent alum—at the 2013 American Democracy Project and The Democracy Commitment National Meeting in Denver, Colorado. It was an action-packed few days, featuring two well-received UMBC presentations. We had great conversations with Center for Democracy and Citizenship director Harry Boyte and other higher education leaders, and discussed important ideas now gaining momentum in the field, including scholar Peter Levine‘s observation that “civic engagement is work and work is civic engagement.”

The conference was, most importantly, a tremendous opportunity to deepen connections within and beyond the UMBC delegation. Here are reflections from some of our UMBC participants (click on a photo to see the text).

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