There’s not much more exciting in civic life than the buzz created by a presidential election. Hosting a national presidential nominating convention is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many cities and the universities that serve them. In 2012, with the whole nation – and much of the world – watching, UNC Charlotte will team with allies in higher education, business, civic leadership and community engagement to present the 49er Democracy Experience. The Experience brings together expert faculty, civic-minded students and community partners to develop educational programming to enhance the public understanding of and participation in our nation’s democratic process. As North Carolina’s urban research university and the Charlotte region’s largest higher education institution, it is fitting that UNC Charlotte is a leader in this initiative. UNC Charlotte maintains a particular commitment to addressing the cultural, economic, educational, environmental, health, and social needs of the greater Charlotte region; the 49er Democracy Experience is an expression of that commitment.
Joan Lorden, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Welcome from the UNC Charlotte College Democrats and College Republicans
The 49er Democracy Experience is a unique opportunity for students to engage in the presidential year excitement. Through the 49er Democracy Experience we encourage our classmates, friends, family, professors and all citizens to engage in creating the America we want. The future is ours – but we have to participate in our own lives. The 49er Democracy Experience gives us a chance to wade into the fray of civic engagement and learn by doing. If you’re a university or college student in the Charlotte region, join us in the Experience. If you’re a professor, show us how you walk the walk. If you’re a fellow citizen, we’ll see you along the way. No matter which party you support or who your favorite candidate is, we both – Democrats and Republicans – urge you to get involved: sign up for a class, attend a forum, apply for an internship, or volunteer at events. Step up and Stake Your Claim to the 49er Democracy Experience; we will.