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. 

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

Registration for Fall 2019 workshops is now open!

Fall 2019

Dr. Andy Taylor

This workshop aims to highlight how complex and intricate the three branches of government are, and how they work together. Many of us are taught in basic Civic and US History courses that each branch of government has a set list of duties that they are restricted to, when in actuality they are very intertwined. Participants who attend this workshop will walk away with a more holistic understanding of the United States government not only on the federal level, but on the state and local levels as well.

  • Facilitator: Dr. Andy Taylor, Professor of Political Science at NC State
  • Outcomes Covered: A, B, C, E, F
  • Wednesday, September 25th 6:00-7:30 PM
  • Talley 3223
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Pearce Godwin

Political discussions are getting more and more difficult to have, as individuals are fearful of their personal views and beliefs being highly criticized. This workshops aims to explain how we have come to live in the highly politically polarized world we are in today. Additionally, it will cover how to conduct deliberative dialogue and productive conservations surrounding political topics.

With there being so many different methods and mediums to access world events updates, it has becoming increasingly more important for individuals to be weary of where they are receiving their news from. This workshop aims to teach participants not only how important it is to stay updated on current events, but how to do it effectively. Additionally, the workshop will cover how to spot fake news articles and outlets.

Spring 2020*

Participants of this workshop will learn the intricacies of how various politically engaged groups impact the American government.  We are hoping to have a panel of speakers that will be composed of individuals from interest groups, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), lobbyist groups, and political action committees(PACs). Participants who attend this workshop will walk away with a better understanding of how outside organizations influence our government, as well as how they can become involved in these groups themselves.

  • Outcomes Covered: C, E, F, H, J
  • Held in January 2020

Dr. Whitney Ross Manzo

How does the electoral college work? Does your individual vote actually count? (Hint: the answer is yes!) What’s the deal with all of these voter ID laws? Come learn the answer to all of these questions at this workshop about the electoral college and voting! Participants of this workshop will walk away feeling confident about what their vote means and how the whole voting process works in America.

  • Facilitator: Dr. Whitney Ross Manzo, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Meredith College
  • Outcomes Covered: E, F, H, I, J
  • Monday, February 17th 6:00-7:30 PM
  • Talley 4101
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The world of politics is complex, difficult, elaborate, and frankly, tiring. However, being civically engaged is one of the greatest privileges we have as members of a democracy. Participants of this workshop will walk away feeling rejuvenated and inspired to be involved in politics in anyway they see fit – whether that be walking in a protest, volunteering for a candidate’s campaign, or running for a political office.

  • Outcomes Covered: E, F, H, I, J
  • Held in March 2020

*Exact dates for the Spring semester will be posted later in the year. Sign up for our newsletter to be the first to hear news and updates!

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!