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Democracy Network

The Democracy Network is a group of citizens

facilitating education on, discussion about, and engagement with democracy in America.

Beginning at the University of Virginia, the Democracy Network is working to increase participation and to reach out to University students and Charlottesville community members. This group is not limited to those interested in politics and policy. Conversely, this group is open to all citizens of our American democracy. We believe that every citizen has a role in the political process and that participating in politics is beneficial and worth our time.

The Democracy Network Kick Off Event

The event will feature the Democracy Network team as well as several guest speakers. We will share details about the Democracy Network, our reasoning for this initiative, and our vision for where it is going. We are looking for students who would like to join the team. Refreshments will be provided.



Democracy Discussions

Fall 2013

First, we will discuss what you think of democracy and what your ideal democracy is. Then, there will be a discussion about the state of democracy and the democratic system in America and in Charlottesville.



Education initiatives

The Democracy Network will be pioneering an education program that will involve students going into local middle and high schools to teach students about the value and importance of democratic citizenship, participation, and engagement. Further, we will engage students in easy and productive ways to be involved in American politics.

Core Principles:

1) Civic discourse should be used to work toward a better democracy
2) We should all participate in democracy
3) Open-mindedness
4) We’re all in this together

We hope that you will join us in this mission.

Please email us if you are interested or have questions!


Although this organization has members who are University of Virginia students and may have University employees associated or engaged in its activities and affairs, the organization is not a part of or an agency of the University. It is a separate and independent organization which is responsible for and manages its own activities and affairs. The University does not direct, supervise or control the organization and is not responsible for the organization’s contracts, acts or omissions.