Home page of the Living Democracy program

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.  

September 28, 2016
Apply Now to Participate in 2017 Summer
Apply Now to Participate in 2017 Summer

The Living Democracy program provides a unique living-learning experience for selected Auburn University students in the summer of 2017. Students are paired with a participating Alabama community for a ten-week experience in civic engagement and community development.

By Rachel Naftel
July 21, 2016
Wasnick is grateful for summer spent in Linden
Wasnick is grateful for summer spent in Linden

Coming to Auburn in the fall of 2015 I would have never imagined that I would be spending my summer here in the loving community of Linden. Life in Linden was not always easy.  It was difficult at times being away from family and friends.  However, Linden quickly became a home and a family to me.

By Hamilton Wasnick
July 21, 2016
Sims plans to carry Roanoke lessons forward
Sims plans to carry Roanoke lessons forward

I was riding on a bus in Auburn when I got an email describing a civic adventure of sorts. Because of my 10 weeks in Roanoke, I began to understand the intricacies of local civic life a bit better.  But, more importantly, I’ve discovered the peculiar kind of spirit Roanoke has, and I love it.

By Weston Sims
July 21, 2016
Democracy is alive and well in Collinsville
Democracy is alive and well in Collinsville

Here I am after ten weeks of living democracy in Collinsville. When I joined the 2016 Living Democracy team, I was so excited. I was even more excited when I learned my community for the summer would be the town of Collinsville. 

By Madison Chamblee
July 21, 2016
Elba's warmth makes Whitten's summer special
Elba's warmth makes Whitten's summer special

Living democracy in Elba, Alabama, has been an amazing experience for me. There are many things I'll miss such as hanging out at the Chapman household, helping at Just Folk coffeehouse, and eating at the Rabbit Hole restaurant.

By Randy Whitten