American Democracy Project

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What We Do

The American Democracy Project fosters political and civic engagement in higher education.

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Started in 2003, the American Democracy Project (ADP) at RIC is an affiliate of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities in partnership with the New York Times. 

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Who We Are

The American Democracy Project is a multi-campus initiative focused on public higher education’s role in preparing the next generation of informed, engaged citizens. Of the more than 220 colleges and universities in the country participating in the ADP, RIC is the only participant in Rhode Island. ADP at RIC is considered one of the leading programs in the country for political and civic engagement and is often used as the model for initiatives by other colleges.

Our Aim

The goal of Rhode Island College’s American Democracy Project is to produce active, involved citizens specifically through political engagement. 


Difficult Conversations

Faculty and staff will learn how to engage in difficult conversations:

  • Facilitator Training Workshop: Date TBD
  • September 16–17: Dialogic Classroom Workshop (for faculty and staff who teach in the classroom)

Please Note: For our prior and upcoming Facilitator Training Workshop, participants will use this Facilitator Training Handbook and Facilitator Training Posting Area.

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