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Living Democracy brings together students and citizens to collaborate on issues of concern to Alabama communities. Coordinated by the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University and the David Mathews Center for Civic Life, the project prepares undergraduate college students for civic life through living-learning experiences in the summer.  

May 21, 2015
Auburn University Student Begins Living Democracy in Collinsville
Auburn University Student Begins Living Democracy in Collinsville

Auburn University Living Democracy Fellow Crystal Rawls began a ten-week living and learning experience in Collinsville, Alabama, May 13.  The media studies and creative writing major will be working with community partner Jennifer Wilkins, director of the Collinsville Public Library, as well as other local organizations.  

May 19, 2015
Teens Willing to Participate in Strengthening Collinsville's Future
Teens Willing to Participate in Strengthening Collinsville's Future

Mark Wilson and Blake Evans of Auburn University moderated a forum titled “Strengthening Collinsville’s Future” on May 15 in Donna Jones’ classroom at Collinsville High School. Using an issue guide developed by the David Mathews Center for Civic Life, the forum allowed students to weigh the pros and cons of different approaches communities might take related to the issue.

By Crystal Rawls
May 19, 2015
Auburn University Student Begins Work in Elba
Auburn University Student Begins Work in Elba

Auburn University Living Democracy Fellow Caroline Allen started her summer in Elba working with local nonprofit Restoration 154 on a variety of community projects.

By Professor Nan Fairley
May 12, 2015
Youth Come Together to Discuss Selma’s Future
Youth Come Together to Discuss Selma’s Future

Student representatives from high schools in Selma and Dallas County concluded that more opportunities to do things together would be a step in the right direction for their community. A group of 24 students from area high schools participated in the “Strengthening Selma’s Future” forum on Friday, April 17.

By Illyshia Parker
March 31, 2015
Elba Students Deliberate on Their Community's Future
Elba Students Deliberate on Their Community's Future

Students from Elba High School’s Interact Club participated in a forum led by Robert Turner of the David Mathews Center for Civic Life Friday, March 20, at Elba High School. Together with Caroline Allen, Auburn University Living Democracy student, and Blake Evans, AU graduate assistant, the students gathered in the EHS library to brainstorm about the future of their community.

By Caroline Allen