Occidental College is a member of Project Pericles, a national organization that encourages and facilitates commitments by colleges and universities to include social responsibility and participatory citizenship as essential elements of their educational programs.
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Debating for Democracy Competition Information
Debating for Democracy (D4D)™ is a distinctive campus-based co-curricular program that represents the mission of Project Pericles (www.projectpericles.org) in action. On each campus, Periclean students research, develop, and advocate their opinions and positions on current public policy issues. The primary goal of D4D is to inspire and encourage all participants to become successful and resourceful advocates in their community. A highlight of the conference is the D4D Legislative Hearing, a competition in which students present and defend their "letter to an elected official" and the issues it discusses to a panel of judges including current and former elected officials. Only first year, sophomores and juniors can participate. For complete RFP, click here.
Students must write a letter to an elected official. Letters must be mailed to this official at the time of submission. Oxy will choose up to 4 letters to submit to the competition. 5 letters from all the colleges and universities that submit will be selected and each will receive $500. This funding is to be used towards realizing the project or initiative outlined in the letter.
· Letter must be under 1,200 words
· Must be well researched and analyzed (Policy Analysis = 65% and Presentation (Clarity and Compelling Narrative) = 35%)
· Must be properly cited
· Must address a state or federal issue (letters on local issues will not be eligible)
· Two or more students must work on the letter
· Top five letters from 2013 are listed on the Project Pericles website: www.projectpericles.org
February 12: Letters due to Oxy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
February 19: Letters sent to Pericles
Mid March: Winning 5 teams notified
Founded in 2001 by philanthropist Eugene M. Lang, Project Pericles works directly with its member institutions as they individually and collaboratively develop model civic engagement programs in their classrooms, on their campuses, and in their communities.
This Spring, Occidental will host D4D On The Road, an initiative that brings advocacy experts to Periclean campuses to deliver workshops designed to empower and prepare students, faculty, and community members to work within our democratic processes to improve the condition of society.
For more information about Project Pericles, please visit www.projectpericles.org.
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