The theme for the 2021-2022 NKU Common Experience is “Democracy and Education”. Through this theme, we invite faculty, staff, and students to explore democracy through the lens of civic and community engagement.
This overarching theme is meant to promote common, academic conversation and foster engagement on campus around the idea that there is democratic power in local involvement.
Student Activism, Diversity and the Struggle for a Just Society by Robert A. Rhoads.
This scholarly article provides readers with an overview of student activism. Taking a historical perspective, readers gain knowledge into the history of activism and its evolution. Rhoads encourages students to become agents of change, both within their communities and within broader social change.
This is What Democracy Looks Like by The Center for Cartoon Studies.
This comic guide helps to bring democracy back to the hands of the people. Through a detailed breakdown, the guide helps to educate readers on what democracy means and how it works.
How to Citizen: Democracy Means People Power, Literally by Baratunde Thurston.
This podcast is a dynamic conversation about how to exerise power in your own community. Barantude gives an alternative and active meaning to the word "citizen", inspiring listeners to be aware of and use their collective power. The podcast discusses joining associations, volunteerism, and is filled with tips and tricks on how to take action more effectively. Listeners gain the understanding of civis and political engagement.
Let's Talk Voting with KY Secretary of State
September 17th, 2021 @ 10:00am
This year's guest speaker, Kentucky Secretary of State Michael G. Adams, discussed Kentucky's voting laws, including changes during the COVID-19 pandemic and possible changes in the coming years.
Social Media, Activism and Democracy
Through engaging round table discussions, participants will expand their understanding of how we can use social media as an agent for activism and how these movements influence our thoughts on democracy. NKU is partnering with the Urban Leage of Greater Southwestern Ohio Center for Social Justice for this event.
As part of this year's Common Experience, there will be a series of campus-wide opportunties for placemaking.
What is placemaking? Placemaking involves creating or designing public spaces based on the needs and desires of those in the community. We will be using placemaking to make out NKU community what we want it to be and to represent who we are and what we value
Want to get involved in placemaking? If you are interested in applying to the placemaking program, click here or scan the QR code to access the application form. The form is used to sumbit ideas for placemaking or to volunteer to help with a placemaking project.