Debating for Democracy Legislative Letter Competition
Legislative Letter Competition
Thanks to Project Pericles's Debating for Democracy (D4D) program for civic engagement, Carleton students have the opportunity to write a legislative letter that will be judged by a panel of elected officials at D4D's annual conference in New York City. Students can write about any political issue close to their hearts and consciences: healthcare, foreign policy, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, or any other public policy issue.
The top five letters will be selected to represent Carleton at the conference. Elected representatives as well as education and community leaders will then choose five finalists from 28 colleges across the nation to present their letters to current and former senators. At the end of the event, the legislators will select a winning letter and that team will receive a $3,000 award to help promote their cause. Semi-finalists will receive a $500 award.
Students whose letters are selected as one of the six national finalists will receive an all expenses paid trip to the 2 day conference in New York on March 24th and 25th. The conference will host over 60 student leaders and will provide an opportunity for students to discuss public policy issues and connect with each other.
Full guidelines and topic suggestions are available in the attached PDF. Letters must be 1200 words or less. They are due via e-mail to Adrienne Falcon at the Academic Civic Engagement office by February 1st. For more information, contact Nick Welna (welnan), Muira McCammon (mccammom), or Adrienne Falcon (afalcon).
For more information about last year's D4D competition, which Carleton won, see the article in the last year's Carletonian. For ideas and examples, last year's winning letters are hosted on the Project Pericles website.
Student Leadership Training
D4D On The Road, the student leadership and organizing workshop run by Project Pericles, will be hosted by Macalester College on Saturday, January 28th. ACE will be providing transportation for up to 20 students to spend the day (10am-4pm) at the workshop, which is free. To register for the training, email Adrienne Falcon (email@example.com).
The workshops are being led by The Center for Progressive Leadership (CPL), a national nonpartisan training institute based in Washington, D.C. that has trained over 5,000 diverse leaders. Participants in the workshop can expect to develop their skills as advocates for social issues, to connect with other Minnesota student leaders, and to learn how to effectively connect personal stories with public policy.
The 2011 D4D On The Road workshop was hosted at Carleton College. You can see photos from the event below and read the Carletonian's coverage here.