Debating for Democracy (D4D)™

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. Students will produce a co-written, two page letter to an elected official advocating for a legislative response to a current issue. The primary goal of D4D is to inspire and encourage all participants to become successful and resourceful advocates in their community. Out of the thirty Periclean institutions, five winning teams will be selected to receive $500 towards mobilizing on their issue back at their home college the following year!

D4D: Letter Writing Info Session
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D4D: Letter Writing- Initial Student Policy Proposal Letters
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D4D: Letter Writing- Finalist Student Proposal Letters w/revisions
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D4D: On the Road Workshop
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Program Summary

Eligibility
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 2019 semester and be returning to their campus for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Selection Process
Students must submit their letter to the Pitzer D4D Program Director (CEC Director, Tricia Morgan) by mid March 2nd, 2020 or sooner. The Program Director along with the CEC Steering Committee 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.

Award
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

To get involved or for more information contact: Tricia Morgan, Managing Director of the CEC