There are few events in civic life more exciting than the buzz created by a democratic election. Civic engagement and education go hand-in-hand; UNC Charlotte encourages faculty, staff, and students to take full advantage of opportunities to learn about and get involved in the issues, discussions, and democratic processes necessary to shape a productive society. During the 2012 presidential elections, UNC Charlotte collaborated with allies in higher education, business, civic leadership and community engagement to present the 49er Democracy Experience. The 49er Democracy 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