What is the 49er Democracy Experience?

The 49er Democracy Experience offers the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and its community a dynamic, nonpartisan platform for learning about and engaging in civic life.

Launched prior to the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, the 49er Democracy Experience continues as a galvanizing driver of informed citizenship: voter registration, primary and election news, volunteer opportunities and more. 

Now, with the 2020 Republican National Convention scheduled to take place in Charlotte, exciting opportunities are available for students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends to interact with the democratic process.

Civic Engagement at UNC Charlotte

Education and civic engagement go hand-in-hand. At UNC Charlotte, the entire University community is able to learn about and get involved in the issues, discussions and democratic processes necessary to shape a productive society. 

Through the 49er Democracy Experience, expert faculty, civic-minded students and community partners come together to deliver educational programming and participate in activities that enhance public understanding of and participation in the democratic process.

As North Carolina’s urban research university, UNC Charlotte is a natural leader for this initiative. Through the 49er Democracy Experience, the University’s commitment to addressing the cultural, economic, educational, environmental, health and social needs of the greater Charlotte region is realized.

Higher Education Act & Civic Engagement

The reauthorization of the federal Higher Education Act and the National Voter Registration Act include a requirement that higher education institutions make a “good faith effort” to make voter registration forms available to all enrolled students. This federal legislation is consistent with and supports the University's long-standing goals of engendering leadership and citizenship among the student body.