Active Citizenry Series

Influencing Policy Panel Discussion with Senator Jay J. Chaudhuri, NC Senate – District 15, Commissioner Matt Calabria, Wake County Board of Commissioners, Brittany Iery, Online Organizer for NC Conservation Network, and Haley Johnson, Civic and Community Engagement Intern.
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Overview

The Active Citizenry Series is a program consisting of various workshops held throughout the academic year that will allow participants to not only learn about both basic and complex governmental systems, but will also give participants insight on how they can become a part of our ever-evolving political world. Workshops will be led by faculty across the state, as well as non-academic community members whose goal is to foster meaningful political conversations while simultaneously challenging any preconceived notions participants might have about political processes. In the “age of bottom-up citizen power,” it is crucial that individuals feel as if they can create purposeful change in their political communities. By attending these workshops, participants will feel energized and empowered to take civic action. 

Participants can attend each workshop individually, or they can complete the requirements to receive the Active Citizenry Series Certificate. You do not have to be a United States citizen to attend these workshops or to complete the certificate, as the content presented is relevant to all individuals looking to become civically active. 

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Active Citizenry Series Workshop Schedule 2021-2022

The schedule for 2021-2022 is not yet available. Please return to this page in late summer for more information. For questions about this program, contact Brian Mathis via email at bjmathis@ncsu.edu.

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Past Active Citizenry Series Workshops

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Active Citizenry Series Certificate

The Active Citizenry Series Certificate program will give students insight into various governmental processes while empowering them to apply this knowledge to be an active and engaged participant in society. While covering topics ranging from the media’s role in politics to how the electoral college works, students will be able to foster an environment of common ground and reduce political polarization. Students will have the opportunity to build a network of people passionate about civics, as well as gain confidence in their ability to reach out to community members on their own after attending the workshops.

Certificate Requirements

In order to receive the Active Citizenry Series Certificate, a participant will be required to attend four of the program’s workshops, as well as complete a Civic Action Plan. More details on each of the certificate’s requirements can be found on Reporter.

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Contact Us

If you have any questions about Active Citizenry Series, please email bjmathis@ncsu.edu.

Special Acknowledgements:

Erinn Foote, for her Impact Leadership Village project that served as a foundation for Active Citizenry Series.

Madison Teeter, Graduate Assistant of Leadership and Civic Engagement that developed a robust network of experts to lead the curriculum, and for her work of implementing the program.

Adapted from Eastern Carolina University’s Citizen U program