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Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy

GET INVOLVED: Democratic Engagement

Citizens' input to decision-making is not restricted in our democracy to voting in elections, though voting is fundamental to representative governance. As citizens, we are also asked to offer testimony, to deliberate in juries, and contribute comments on policy.  Yet the demands of participating can be daunting, as one's input is combined with that of many other contributors.  Our capacity to engage depends on collaboration with others, and methods for contributing that merit our scrutiny.  The administration of elections themselves requires citizen oversight, particularly in the era of digital online systems. 

ICDD supports civic learning for engagement in elections, juries, boards, and other forms of citizen input to governance.  In collaboration with non-partisan organizations, government agencies, and educational institutions, we offer resources to help increase the participation of all citizens in our democracy. 


ICDD is a contributor to the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge at Kansas State University, a means of preparing students, faculty, and staff for full participation in national elections.  The university is one of over 1,000 other colleges and universities registered in the National Study of Learning, Voting and Engagement (NSLVE), which issues reports of student voter participation in elections:

Interested in contributing to these efforts?  Email icdd@k-state.edu 

Serving on a Community Board

ICDD supports development of leadership skills by volunteer civic boards, whose work advances democratic engagement across the state.  K-State Research and Extension offers a Community Board Leadership series to introduce essential concepts and recommended best practices for citizen boards.