Academic Affairs - American Democracy Project at the University of Central Oklahoma

American Democracy Project

2014-2015 Civic Events

Death Penalty Events

Saturday, April 4

Through a debate, speaker presentation, and conference the issues of the death penalty in Oklahoma will be explored. Events will start at 3:00 pm in Constitution Hall. 

Earthquake Debate and Panel

Wednesday, April 8, 5:00 pm

NUC Constitution Hall

A debate and panel on the causes of earthquakes in Oklahoma. 

Civic Health Index

Friday, May 1 

Civic and business leaders deliberate regarding the relationship between civic health and the social and economic issues of our state. 

Women's Caucus of the American Democracy Project and NOW

On January 28th at 7:00 p.m. the American Democracy Project and the UCO chapter of NOW hosted a discussion on the status of women at UCO in the roles, after 125 years, as students, faculty, and/or staff. 

Click here to watch the video of the discussion

Constitution Week, Sept. 15-19

The American Democracy Project (ADP) is hosting a week of Constitution Events daily from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 15-19 at the Broncho Lake Blue Tent and Clock Tower.

For more information, contact the American Democracy Project at or 405-974-3504, or visit the group's Facebook or Twitter pages.

Faculty and Staff ADP Meeting and Luncheon, Sept. 29

The American Democracy Project would like to invite interested faculty and staff to attend a planning session and luncheon on Monday, September 29thth from 12:00-1:00 in the Virginia Lamb Room. Please let us know by the September 22nd whether you will be able to attend by emailing We have some exciting things going on like TurboVote, mid-term elections, the New York Times initiatives, Democracy Dialogues, Campus and Community Deliberation, Campus and Community Civic Health Assessment, and more.

In order to make the most of our time together, please come with ideas for programming that you would like to be a part of this year or consider some of the projects we have ongoing by visiting our website at

Coffee With the Times

Please contact the ADP office if you have an idea for a "Coffee With the Times" opportunity for your class or organization.


2013-2014 Civic Events

Rudy Giuliani

Rudy Giuliani will be on campus and provide a keynote address. The event will take place on April 30th from 5:30-6:30 in Constitution Hall - NUC 201. Tickets are free but an RSVP is required. To RSVP please stop by the UCOSA Office, 148 NUC or call 405-974-2249.

Death Penalty Events

On April 12th, ADP and other organizations presented a series of events concerning the Death Penalty. The UCO Debate Team debated the question, "How and Why to Eliminate the Death Penalty in Oklahoma" The debators focused on the recommendations made by the Oklahoma Justice Commission which call for a number of reforms to protect innocent people from being convicted and sentenced to death. Watch the debate here.

After the debate, ADP and the Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty hosted an annual banquet. During the banquet Rob Warden was the keynote speaker. Rob Warden is an award winning legal affairs journalist who, as editor and publisher of Chicago Lawyer magazine during the 1980's exposed more than a score of wrongful convictions in Illinois. Watch Mr. Warden's presentation here.

Privacy & National Security Week

The week of March 10th - 14th ADP presented events regarding Privacy & National Security. On March 11th, New York Times reporter Mark Mazzetti spoke on the notion of privacy and national security. The event took place in Constitution Hall from 11:00 am until 12:15.

ADP is also presented movie screenings of, "Terms & Conditions May Apply" on March 12th and 13th.


Human Trafficking Week

On February 18th The American Democracy Project hosted a panel discussion concerning Human Trafficking. The panel was held in the Forensic Science Institute room 106. The panel members included Mike Snowden of the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, Brian Bates of JohnTV, Lori Basey of No Boundaries International, and Sonja Martinez of A Beautiful Dream Society. You can watch the panel at this LINK.  

ADP will also present a film, “FLESH”, on Wednesday, February 19th 1-10 and Thursday, February 20th 3-10. The film will be shown in the Radke in CTL. Find the final schedule on ADP's facebook page


We will also be participating in a product drive throughout the week. The organization, No Boundaries International, would benefit greatly from the student body donating items to be given to Oklahoma trafficking victims. Click here for a list of needed items. 

Civic Engagement Events

Do you want to incorporate civic engagement in your spring courses?Click HERE some ways to use the events above to involve your students in civic engagement!!

UCO-ADP in the Press

Check out the national coverage of UCO-ADP!!

Attention all Registered Voters

The American Democracy Project sponsored a petition drive to get a State Question on the November, 2014 state ballot. The issue focuses on the use of the state franchise tax to fund the interest on state bonds that would be used to build tornado shelters in Oklahoma's public schools. The franchise tax is paid by corporations based in Oklahoma. Some of those arguing against this state question want to do away with the franchise tax. If you think that Oklahoma voter's should decide whether or not to use this tax to build shelters in the state's public schools, this petition drive affords you an opportunity to promote that effort. For more information contact adp@uco,edu, visit the Take Shelter Oklahoma website, or stop by the ADP table in the NUC on November 5 &12th from 11:00-1:30

Government Shutdown

Want information about the Government Shutdown?? Check out this Guide: Shutdown Learn about what the Shutdown is, what is affected, and get the latest news!!! 

Faculty & Staff Luncheon

Ready to re-engage your students in civic engagement?The first ADP meeting of the 2013-2014 year for faculty and staff will be on: Monday, October 21st from 12:00-1:00pm in the Virginia Lamb room of HES. We have a lot of interesting projects to bring to life this year and we need your input!! Lunch is provided, so RSVP to the ADP office at 974-3504 or at by Friday Oct. 18th at noon. We hope to see you all there!!


ADP, UCO Department of Political Science, & the award winning UCO Debate Team Present: What is at Stake? Open Versus Closed Primaries! Join us and listen to a debate about the differences and comparisons between open and closed primary election systems. Which system presents democratic values best? Learn about how general policy debates are formatted!! Wednesday, October 23rd from 7:30-9:00 pm in the Pegasus Theater in the Liberal Arts. 

Open Meeting!!

American Democracy Project will be having an open meeting on September 24th at 1:00 p.m. in the Will Rogers Room (4th floor) in the Nigh! Stop by and find out more about ADP and how to get involved with our upcoming civic engagement projects! We are all about bringing the real world to real students! *Refreshments included Contact for additional information 

ADP Constitution Week Events

Guest Speaker Cyndi Munson

In recognition of Constitution Week, join the American Democracy
Project for a presentation and Q&A session with Ms. Cyndi Munson on
Tuesday, September 17th at 2pm in Pegasus Theater.

Munson, a UCO Alumni and former Vice President of UCOSA, will discuss her
journey in community involvement and her decision to run for a seat as an
Oklahoma State Representative for House District 85. Currently, Cyndi is
the Community Programs Manager for Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma.
Originally from Lawton, Cyndi developed her passion for public service at
an early age and began applying her enthusiasm for public service,
serving in student government at Eisenhower High School and UCO's student
government (UCOSA) where she developed leadership skills to be an active
member of the community.

We look forward to seeing you for her story on Sept. 17th. Classes
welcomed and encouraged!

Other Constitution Week Events

Voter Registration Drive: From September 16 - September 20, locations across campus. Register during this time and get a free pocket Constitution!

 "Not Voiceless" Freedom of Speech Boards: During the week of September 16, locations across campus will invite you to let your voice be heard. Tell us what the Constitution and free speech mean to you!

Faculty Lunch and Learn:  On September 19, the ADP with the New York Times will discuss how to use the Times in the classroom. For more information, email

UCO wins 2012 Oklahoma Campus Compact Voter Registration Contest!

Sign Up Here To Volunteer for the Voter Registration Drive

For More Information about Voting, Click this Voter Resource Guide

This Constitution Guide Provides Information about the Constitution and about Constitution Day

2012 Naturalization Ceremony

On Fri., Sept. 28, 12:00 p.m. we  welcomed members of our community becoming new U.S. citizens at. Constitution Hall, Nigh University Center on the campus of UCO.

Watch our updated version of the Naturalization Ceremony by clicking here!    



What is Civic Engagement?

Civic engagement is a broad term and includes a spectrum of examples ranging from volunteerism and community service on one side of the spectrum to public policy and politics on the other side. As one of the Central Six components of Transformative Learning, civic engagement is central to the mission of the University of Central Oklahoma, educating the next generation of college students to serve as active, ethical and engaged citizens within their local communities, the nation and the world.

Download the 2012 Oklahoma Civic Health Index here! 

Civic Health Index Summary Sheet. (pdf)

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Fall 2012 American Democracy Project Calendar

Constitution Week           Voter Registration Drive

Naturalization Ceremony            Civic Health Index Report      

Coffee With the Times

National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC)

About NCoC

The National Conference on Citizenship is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that believes every individual has the power to make a difference in their own communities through civic engagement. They, as well as the American Democracy Project, believe that that through research, reports, and events hope to produce a better understanding of what it means to be a citizen. Just recently, NCoC has introduced a new video series entitled: "Civics in a Minute" that discusses the government and the election process works!

To learn more about the NCoC and the "Civic in a Minute" video series, click here.

The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) & The American Democracy Project Want to Know: How Civically Engaged are YOU?!

To learn how Civically Engaged you are, please take the CIRCLE Civic Engagement Quiz!

After checking out the NCoC website and filling out your CIRCLE quiz, take a minute to view the UCO American Democracy Project Contest Video Introduction!

Click here to check out our video introducing the nationwide American Democracy Project Video Contest!

Don't know where to go to vote? Don't worry, ADP has you covered. Click here to find out where to vote, what your voting registration number is, as well as other valuable voting information.

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