Active Citizenry Series

Influencing Policy Panel Discussion


The Active Citizenry Series is a program consisting of various workshops held throughout the academic year that will allow participants to not only learn about both basic and complex governmental systems, but will also give participants insight on how they can become a part of our ever-evolving political world. Workshops will be led by faculty across the state, as well as non-academic community members whose goal is to foster meaningful political conversations while simultaneously challenging any preconceived notions participants might have about political processes. In the “age of bottom-up citizen power,” it is crucial that individuals feel as if they can create purposeful change in their political communities. By attending these workshops, participants will feel energized and empowered to take civic action. 

Participants can attend each workshop individually, or they can complete the requirements to receive the Active Citizenry Series Certificate. You do not have to be a United States citizen to attend these workshops or to complete the certificate, as the content presented is relevant to all individuals looking to become civically active. 

Active Citizenry Series Workshop Schedule 2020-2021

Fall 2020

How did the Two Party system develop in the United States? What third parties exist in the US, and what access do these parties have to the electoral system? What other systems of government exist?

Take the deep dive with us into the United States’ Party system!

  • Guest Speakers:
    • Professor Steven Green, Political Science, NC State University
    • Zainab Baloch, City of Raleigh Mayoral Candidate 2019
  • Rescheduled for Spring 2021
  • Outcomes Covered: B, C, D

Special Acknowledgements:

Erinn Foote, for her Impact Leadership Village project that served as a foundation for Active Citizenry Series.

Madison Teeter, Graduate Assistant of Leadership and Civic Engagement that developed a robust network of experts to lead the curriculum, and for her work of implementing the program.

Program Outcomes

AParticipants will understand the difference between how the various branches of government operate in practice and in theory.
BParticipants will be able to outline the relationship between history and its influences on the current political environment.
CParticipants will understand how the current politicians in office have influenced the overall political system, both within traditional and nontraditional structures.
DParticipants will be able to outlines how the media plays a significant role in American politics. Additionally, participants will learn how to distinguish between reliable and unreliable news sources.
E Participants will be able to conduct productive conversations surrounding various ideas and concepts while being respectful of other individuals.
FParticipants will be encouraged to share their thoughts and opinions in safe environments.
GParticipants will be able to understand how the combination of various lived experiences form personal beliefs and values. Furthermore, participants will be challenged to analyze their own beliefs and values after hearing others share their lived truths.
HParticipants will be able to identify avenues and barriers to active participation in their community.
IParticipants will understand their rights within the political system and know how to create meaningful change.
JParticipants will obtain the knowledge needed to become active in politics on the local and national levels. Participants will gain access to a network of individuals who are dedicated to civics that will encourage them to stay involved.

Adapted from Eastern Carolina University’s Citizen U program

Active Citizenry Series Workshop Schedule 2019-2020

Fall 2019

Spring 2020*

Active Citizenry Series Certificate

The Active Citizenry Series Certificate program will give students insight into various governmental processes while empowering them to apply this knowledge to be an active and engaged participant in society. While covering topics ranging from the media’s role in politics to how the electoral college works, students will be able to foster an environment of common ground and reduce political polarization. Students will have the opportunity to build a network of people passionate about civics, as well as gain confidence in their ability to reach out to community members on their own after attending the workshops.

Certificate Requirements

In order to receive the Active Citizenry Series Certificate, a participant will be required to attend four of the program’s workshops, as well as complete a Civic Action Plan. More details on each of the certificate’s requirements can be found on Reporter.

If you have any questions about Active Citizenry Series, please email!