Rutgers University–Camden is proud to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ (AASCU) nonpartisan American Democracy Project by recommitting to the initiative's guiding principles of civic and democratic engagement.

The nonpartisan initiative has engaged thousands of campus leaders, faculty, staff, and students to equip college graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to be informed and engaged global citizens.

As a member of the American Democracy Project network, Rutgers–Camden joins a growing number of institutions creating meaningful and engaging methods of preparing students to participate in a thriving democracy.

In honor of the anniversary, Rutgers–Camden is reaffirming a commitment to the principles of the American Democracy Project. Those principles include:

  • Making civic learning and democratic engagement an expectation for every student.
  • Integrating civic inquiry across the curriculum.
  • Modeling open, democratic engagement from multiple perspectives.
  • Fostering an ethos of civic mindedness.
  • Advancing civic action through democratic processes and practices.

“We continue to lead and advocate for the kind of democratic engagement and civic mindedness the program embodies," said Nyeema C. Watson, senior vice chancellor for strategy, diversity, and community engagement. "From encouraging voting, promoting dialogue across difference, and working alongside community members to address challenges that impact our society, Rutgers–Camden actively prepares our students to lead throughout their lives.”

“College and university leaders are committed to advancing thoughtful and constructive dialogue rather than polarized debate,” said Cathy Copeland, American Democracy Project director. “By recommitting to the guiding principles of the American Democracy Project, we encourage information literacy, responsible stewardship of our nation’s resources, and relationships that acknowledge America’s commitment to a healthy global society.”

The American Democracy Project was established in 2003 in partnership with The New York Times. Key benefits for American Democracy Project campuses include access to an array network of leaders, faculty, staff, and students, all of which foster collaborative research and resource-sharing opportunities. Additionally, the project offers regular gatherings such as the annual Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement meeting, professional development opportunities for leaders across all levels, and an extensive national partner network. Participating institutions also have the chance to engage in grant-funded national projects, workshops, and initiatives aligned with their missions.

To learn more about the American Democracy Project recommitment initiative and to see the growing list of institutionsthat have also made the commitment, visit the AASCU's website.