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American Democracy Project at CSUSM

The goal of ADP at CSUSM is to increase opportunities for CSUSM students to practice good civic leadership and encourage spaces to openly dialogue about the health of our American democracy in partnership with community.

What makes a healthy democracy?

ADP at CSUSM achieves this goal through programs like the Speaking of Democracy Series, a series of conversations on the health of our U.S. democracy facilitated by faculty.

In Fall 2017, ADP partnered with ASI and the League of Women Voters for National Voter Registration Day on September 26 to register students to vote and encourage voter engagement. As well, ADP sponsored a panel of journalists in conversation on the health of our democracy in an event called Freedom and the Press.

ADP at CSUSM also collaborates with other CSUSM departments for the annual César Chávez Day of Service. This year, CSUSM volunteers participated alongside the North County San Diego NAACP and MiraCosta College at the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.

Upcoming Events:

A University with Different Perspectives: Bring Light, Not Heat


Debra Mashek spent two decades studying how people form relationships with each other. Now, as Executive Director of the Heterodox Academy, she describes herself as a heterodox enthusiast who values, speaks out, and creates open inquiry and viewpoint diversity both professionally and personally.

Join us for an engaging discussion about the intricacies of viewpoint diversity, and the effects it's having on our universities. The program will include a presentation by Dr. Mashek, followed by table conversations about the topic.

Featured Speaker: Debra Mashek, Executive Director of the Heterodox Academy

  • Where: USU Half Ballroom
  • When: Tuesday, April 24, 5:30 - 7:30 PM

RSVP to attend!

This event is sponsored by the CSUSM American Democracy Project, Office of Inclusive Excellence, and Library.


Voter Engagement Resources

National Network

The American Democracy Project (ADP) is a national multi-campus initiative focused on public higher education’s role in preparing the next generation of informed, engaged citizens for our democracy. The goal of ADP nationwide is to produce graduates who are committed to being knowledgeable, involved citizens in their communities. 

      American Democracy Project at CSUSM

Contact Us

Craven 6106
M - F 8am - 5pm

Campus Coordinator for ADP at CSUSM: Dr. Kimber Quinney

Civic Learning Coordinator: Catalina Langen

ADP at CSUSM is a part of the Civic Learning Initiative in the Division of Community Engagement.