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Resources for Talking about Democracy

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At CSUSM, we are committed to developing student knowledge and skills to engage in a healthy democracy through opportunities for civic dialogue and direct engagement with local issues, both on and off-campus. 

Ownership of diversity, educational equity and social justice is a shared responsibility that every member of the CSUSM community must be actively engaged in for democracy to be fostered and maintained.

Below are resources to guide conversations about democracy. 

Discussing the Jan. 6 Insurrection at the U.S. Capital

Civic Engagement Programs

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Speaking of Democracy is a series of engaging conversations between students and community leaders on the health of American democracy. Hosted by the department of Civic Engagement.

civility swagBuild skills and tools for civil discourse.  Practice Civility through Civic Café's and Civic Dialogues hosted by the Civility Committee.

CSUSM Curated Resources

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National Resources 

  • Making Space for Difficult Conversations
    •  Members of the Harvard University's Graduate School of Education faculty offer guidance and resources to structure and support the conversation around the insurrection, its causes, and its potential fallout.
  • Facilitating Difficult Election Conversations
    • Prepared by Dr. Carah Ong Whaley, associate director of the James Madison Center for Civic Engagement, to support faculty, staff, Resident Advisors, and students to engage in constructive conversations around the 2020 Elections, regardless of the outcomes.
  • Anti-Oppression: Anti-Racism Guide
    • This guide is intended to provide general information about anti-oppression, diversity, and inclusion as well as information and resources for the social justice issues key to current dialogues. Curated by Simmions University library.
  • 76 Things You Can Do to Boost Civic Engagement
    • The Brookings Institution developed a bucket list for engaged citizenship with this comprehensive list divided into five civic action categories. The bucket list provides specific and practical actions that we all can take to be an involved citizen. 

If you have suggestions for resources to be listed on this page, email the Department of Service Learning and Civic