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 Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities in 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.

Students interested in applying for Summer 2023 can apply at aub.ie/livingdemocracyapp or contact Brittany Branyon at branyba@auburn.edu.  

September 29, 2022
Cruz discovers power of Elba's citizens in action
Cruz discovers power of Elba's citizens in action

Everyone taught me something I plan on carrying with me into my future. This experience has taught me the power in community involvement, and I feel a lot more capable of creating change in my own circles.





By Dioselin Cruz
September 20, 2022
Chatom gives Cori Akin gifts to last a lifetime
Chatom gives Cori Akin gifts to last a lifetime

The future of Chatom is bright as their youth prove continuously that they are servant leaders through their volunteering, community engagement, and extracurriculars. I am proud to be inspired by these people this summer and hope that I gave them even a small piece of everything they gave me. 

By Cori Akin
August 31, 2022
Collinsville gives Brin Allen summer of opportunities
Collinsville gives Allen summer of opportunities

There was not one moment this summer when I felt unwelcome by anyone in this community.  Everyone I met was incredibly kind and devoted to their town.  I got to see what a community looks like when its citizens care deeply about it and want the best for each other. This, to me, is what Living Democracy is all about.

By Brin Allen
August 24, 2022
Opportunities coming to historic Wilcox Female Institute
Opportunities coming to Wilcox Female Institute

The historical society’s efforts put a spotlight on Wilcox County’s rich history and claims to fame. “These opportunities will bring people here from throughout the state and beyond and with them comes tax revenue as well,” Lance Britt noted.

By Ashby Henry
August 15, 2022
Methodist minister values her time in Collinsville
Methodist minister values her time in Collinsville

While she would love to stay longer, Gullatt knows that it is likely she will be appointed to another church in the next few years. Her six-year tenure at First UMC is already longer than average. However, she will “always be connected to the community.” 

By Brin Allen