Debating for Democracy

About Debating for Democracy

Debating for Democracy (D4D)™ is a distinctive campus-based co-curricular program that represents the mission of Project Pericles in action. On each campus, Periclean students research, develop, and advocate their opinions and positions on current public policy issues.  The primary goal of D4D is to inspire and encourage all participants to become successful and resourceful advocates in their community.

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New this year:
Project Pericles has decided not to hold the annual conference in NY this year, however they are moving forward with the letter writing competition incentivized by monetary awards to the top students/letters.


Featured 2012-2013 Finalist

Allison Donine and Amelia Haselkorn

Amelia Haselkorn and Allison Donine, are among the sixty plus student leaders and activists that traveled to New York City to participate in the Debating for Democracy (D4D) National Conference. The two day conference features panels and workshops with leading experts on topics including: building advocacy campaigns, civic engagement, social entrepreneurship, and public policy – all designed to give students the tools they need to effectively advocate for causes they are passionate about.

The D4D National Conference is sponsored by Project Pericles – a consortium of 29 colleges and universities committed to including social responsibility and participatory citizenship as essential elements of their educational programs.

Program Summary

In order to be eligible to participate in the Letters to an Elected Official Competition, a student must:

a) be a full-time undergraduate at one of the Periclean campuses; b) be a freshman, sophomore, or junior as defined by their college or university; and c) write and mail a letter to an elected official.  Students selected to participate in the competition must be a freshman, sophomore, or junior during the Spring 2014 semester and be returning to their campus for the 2014-15 year. 

Selection Process
Students must submit their letter to the Pitzer D4D Program Director (CEC's Tricia Morgan) by Wednesday,  February 12, 2014. The Program Director will review each letter and select the four strongest letters to forward to Project Pericles.
A committee consisting of people with significant experience in public policy will review the submitted letters using the criteria below. Based on this review, Project Pericles staff will select the five winning teams. We will announce the five winning teams in early March.

Project Pericles will provide a $500 award to each of the top five student teams. Each college or university is eligible to receive only one award. In consultation with Project Pericles, the students can use this money to fund advocacy and education activities including lobbying trips and workshops. Teams that have won this award in the past have used the money in many different ways, including travel to Washington, D.C. to meet with Members of Congress and their staffs to discuss the issues raised in their letters.

The D4D on the road all day workshop/ fieldtrip at Occidental College will take place Saturday, November 16th 10am-4pm.

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To get involved or for more information contact:
D4D at Pitzer Program Director
Tricia Morgan

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