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What is the 49er Democracy Experience?

The 49er Democracy Experience at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte offers the University community a dynamic platform for learning about and engaging in civic life. We launched this initiative in preparation for the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte and have sustained it since that time as a galvanizing agent of informed citizenship. The 49er Democracy Experience upholds its commitment to providing opportunities for UNC Charlotte students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends to define, articulate and interact with the democratic process during the 2020 Republican National Convention, also to be held in Charlotte.

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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