2012 Fall Events

2012 Oklahoma Civic Health Index

Public Release Event

Tuesday, December 4

2:00-3:00 pm

Blue Room, Oklahoma State Capitol

Produced in partnership with the National Conference on Citizenship, University of Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma Campus Compact, the Kerr Foundation, Inc., and Arvest Bank, the 2012 Oklahoma Civic Health Index chronicles the level of civic engagement, community participation, social connectedness and political awareness in Oklahoma with a focus on civic skills and voter education.

In 2010, UCO in partnership with Oklahoma Campus Compact produced the first-ever Oklahoma report (the full report is available at www.ncoc.net/ok). The report includes forty indicators across nine categories, such as giving and volunteering, trusting other people, connecting to civic and religious groups, understanding civics and politics, and participating in politics. The Oklahoma Civic Health Index invites Oklahomans to think creatively and work together to propose ways we can renew the civic health of communities in our state.

Following the report launch, student civic scholars will coordinate and lead three community conversations throughout the state to discuss the report and facilitate engaged conversations with citizens. The work alongside faculty and staff will provide a transformative learning opportunity for the civic scholars. This project touches all aspects of transformative learning and places students at the center of their active and reflective learning experiences.


2012 Spring Events

Civic Engagement Conference

"Democracy and Civic Engagement: Continuing the Civic Work"

Interested institutions were invited to bring items to showcase the civic engagement efforts on their campuses. This included items from events, giveaways, videos, posters, pictures, scrapbooks, brochures, etc. There were informal displays on tables set up in the hallway outside the gathering rooms. Between events, conference attendees visited these tables to learn new civic engagement methods or to see the success of those efforts on each campus.

In celebration of ten years of the American Democracy Project, we heard from civic leaders and campus teams about innovative projects and collaborations that benefit citizens of our state. We then discussed the challenges ahead: how can we continue this meaningful civic work through intentional collaborations and partnerships in Oklahoma?

Keynote Address by George Mehaffy

To Learn More about George Mehaffy, please click here. To view George Mehaffy's presentation, please click here.

"Arab Spring: The Call for Change" by Michael Slackman

To learn more about Michael Slackman, please click here. To view Michael Slackman's presentation, please click here.

American Democracy Project Conference - Media Coverage

The Oklahoman (4/19/12)

Michael Slackman Discusses Arab Spring Issues at UCO

The Edmond Sun (4/18/12)

George Mehaffy's Presentation on Leadership

Electoral Voices: Engaging College Students in Elections

2006 ADP Best Practices Guide, Edited by Jim Perry

In 2006, AASCU’s American Democracy Project published Electoral Voices - Engaging College Students in Elections, a best practices guide. Until recently, this monograph has been for sale in the AASCU online bookstore. Now, in time for planning for the 2012 national election, we’re re-releasing the guide as a free, downloadable PDF.

Electoral Voices  At the time of publication, George Mehaffy wrote in the Foreword, “As we approach yet another series of national and state elections, we hope this monograph will assist our colleagues in higher education, both within the American Democracy Project, and beyond. We wanted to capture the best insights, perspectives, and examples that we could find and share then with others for use in the upcoming and future election cycles.” Mehaffy’s words still ring true today; ADP’s electoral voices efforts continue as part of our Political Engagement Project, as well as through campus-specific programs and our affiliation with the Campus Vote Project. These efforts may be even more important now given the number of states with new Voter ID laws that may disproportionally effect college students.

This volume focuses on voter education, voter registration, and voter participation, as well as on how best to assess these efforts.

Below you’ll find the Table of Contents for the monograph. We hope you’ll read and share this work as we all work together to ensure that our students are prepared to be informed, engaged citizens – not only in the public sphere, but also at the polls.

Electoral Voices: Engaging College Students in Elections | (Edited by Jim Perry)

  • Foreword, George Mehaffy (Vice President, Academic Leadership and Change, AASCU)
  • Introduction, Jim Perry (Campus ADP Director, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis)
  • Voter Registration, Harry Basehart (Co-Director, PACE Institute, Salisbury University) and Jim Perry
  • Voter Education, Richard Kendrick (ADP Campus Coordinator, SUNY Cortland) and Jim Perry
  • Voter Participation, Matthew Manweller (Assistant Professor of Political Science) and Jim Perry
  • Assessing Electoral Engagement, Elizabeth Bennion (ADP Campus Director, Indiana University South Bend)
  • Challenges, Pitfalls and Lessons, Jim Perry
  • References
  • Appendix I: Campus Case Studies
  • Appendix II: Case Study Template
  • Appendix III: AASCU Survey of Member Institutions
  • Appendix IV: Organizations Increasing Youth’s Electoral Voice
  • Acknowledgements, Jim Perry

Download the Electoral Voices (2006) monograph here.

Join a Lunch Conversation with Dale Archer

The American Democracy Project invites you to attend a lunch with Dale Archer, A UCO Alumni who works in Washington DC for the National Democratic Institute, a nonprofit organization working to support and strengthen democratic intuitions worldwide through citizenship participation, openness and accountability in government.  Lunch is provided.  Thursday, March 1st at 12:30-1:30 Nigh Center Room 314.  Please email adp@uco.edu or Dr. Susan Scott at sscott@uco.edu if you plan to attend or need more information

Read & Lead

All students are invited to join our leadership book club, co-sponsored by Leadership Central and the American Democracy Project. Student participants will receive a FREE copy of the selected book. If you are interested in joining our discussion, stop by Lillard Administration Building Room 104 to pick up your free copy or email mhayt1@uco.edu for more information. To learn more about Read & Lead, click here.

Spring 2012

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Thursday, February 23, 2012


NUC 112

Outcasts United by Warren St. John

Wednesday, April 11, 2012


NUC 112

Civic Engagement Conference

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

"Democracy and Civic Engagement: Continuing the Civic Work"

American Democracy Project's 10th Anniversary in Partnership with The New York Times and Honoring President Don Betz

Nigh University Center

A civic engagement conference convening Oklahoma Campus Compact members and AASCU's American Democracy Project members from across the state.

Conference Registration and Poster Set-Up

Registration outside of Room 314; Poster set-up in Room 314

10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Campus Showcase

Date submission registration due: March 26th 2012.

Interested institutions  are invited to bring items to showcase the civic engagement efforts on their campuses.  This may include items from events, giveaways, videos, posters, pictures, scrapbooks, brochures, etc.  This will be an informal display on tables set up in the hallway outside the gathering room and may be manned or unmanned.  Between events, conference attendees can visit the tables to learn new civic engagement methods or to see the success of efforts on your campus.

Each table will have two chairs.  Please let us know on the registration form, if you are in need of additional  support materials  (electrical outlet, poster board, extra chairs, etc).

Welcome Lunch with Provost William J. Radke and Opening Conversation

Carl Albert Room

11:30-1:00 p.m.

In March 2008, Provost Radke hosted "Democracy and Civic Engagement: A Call to Action," a civic engagement conference with 160 participants from Wisconsin, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Colorado, and institutions throughout Oklahoma. In partnership with AASCU's American Democracy Project, The New York Times, and Oklahoma Campus Compact, the conference was a wonderful opportunity to showcase student civic engagement, programming and research. During the opening lunch session, campus teams will have the opportunity to share their civic engagement achievements.

Spotlight on Student Civic Engagement in Oklahoma

Room 314

1:00-2:00 p.m. 

Student representatives will present posters that reflect their civic activities.  The New York Times is sponsoring cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.  For more information, click here.

 Continuing the Civic Work: Statewide Collaborations and Partnerships

Carl Albert Room 

2:00-3:45 p.m.

In celebration of ten years of the American Democracy Project, we will hear from civic leaders and campus teams about innovative projects and collaborations that benefit citizens of our state. Then, we will discuss the challenges ahead: how can we continue this meaningful civic work through intentional collaborations and partnerships in Oklahoma? We will highlight successful collaborations such as the Oklahoma Civic Health Index and partnership with Oklahoma Campus Compact and member campuses.  For more information, click here.


The Citizenship Imperative of the 21st Century

Keynote Address by George Mehaffy

Constitution Hall

4:00-5:00 p.m.

George Mehaffy

George Mehaffy, Vice President for Leadership and Change, American Association of State Colleges and Universities, and founder of the American Democracy Project, will explore the challenges of citizenship in a new era. Since 2003, ADP has nurtured a variety of national and local civic engagement projects and initiatives across the United States. President Betz was one of the founding members of the Steering Committee that guided the development of ADP, and the University of Central Oklahoma played a key role as a charter member of ADP and host to the first regional conference in 2004. Now as we near the 10th anniversary of ADP, George Mehaffy will look back at the most prominent accomplishments of the project and the lessons learned, as well as the challenging road that lies ahead. 

Reception in Honor of President Don Betz

Rooms 201 and 202 with adjoining balcony

5:00-6:00 p.m.

Reception hosted by The New York Times

"Arab Spring: The Call for Change"

Michael Slackman, Deputy Foreign Editor of The New York Times

6:00 p.m.

Constitution Hall

Michael Slackman

Sponsored by The New York Times, American Democracy Project, Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame, and Educators' Leadership Academy

Following the presentation, President Betz will join Michael Slackman for dialogue and Q&A.

Michael Slackman is deputy foreign editor at The New York Times where he oversees global coverage with an emphasis on the Middle East. Slackman covered Bahrain's pro-democracy demonstrations in February 2011. Prior to this, he served as a correspondent, most recently as the Berlin Bureau Chief. He has also spent eight years based in Egypt, three for the Los Angeles Times and five for the New York Times. In that time he reported from every country in the region, from Morocco to Iran. He covered Iraq before and after the invasion, documenting the tremendous changes sweeping the Arab world as a reporter and editor. Mr. Slackman was also Newsday's Moscow Bureau chief for three years covering the economy and social chaos that swept post-Soviet Russia and the transition from Yeltsin to Putin.

President Don Betz has enjoyed a distinguished career in higher education that spans more than 40 years, developing a reputation for teaching and encouraging students, leadership development and diplomacy through his international activities, most notably with the United Nations and its affiliated non-government organizations. He has worked with the United Nations on issues pertaining to the Middle East from 1982 through 2003. He founded and chaired the International Coordinating Committee on the Question of Palestine, a UN-affiliated non-governmental organization network pursuing peace in the Middle East based on UN resolutions. In 2011, Betz attended the Fulbright-Hays Seminar on higher education in transition in Oman and Jordan with six other universities presidents. His many accomplishments include serving as president of Leadership Oklahoma, a board member for the Educators' Leadership Academy, Great Expectations, the Oklahoma A+ Whole School Reform Program, the Edmond Economic Development Authority, the DaVinci Institute, Life University and the awards selection committee for the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence. Since 2002, Dr. Betz has been a member of the founding implementation committee for AASCU's American Democracy Project. Dr. Betz was the recipient of the 1991 Medal of Excellence in University Teaching from the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence. President Betz holds the Ph.D. in international studies from the University of Denver.