Project Pericles at Rensselaer
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is honored to be a member of Project Pericles, a consortium of colleges and universities committed to incorporating civic engagement into their core educational mission.
Project Pericles is a not-for-profit organization that encourages and facilitates commitments by colleges and universities to include education for social responsibility and participatory citizenship as an essential part of their educational programs, in the classroom, on the campus, and in the community. This learning experience is intended to provide students with a foundation for social and civic involvement and a conviction that democratic institutions and processes offer each person the best opportunity to improve the condition of society. Learn more about Project Pericles.
Debating for Democracy (D4D) is a distinctive campus-based program that represents the mission of Project Pericles in action. On each campus, Periclean students research, develop, and advocate their opinions and positions on current public policy issues. The goal is to inspire and encourage all D4D participants to become successful and resourceful advocates in their community. The fourth RPI D4D on the Road conference will be held on the Rensselaer Campus on October 19, 2013. Student participants learn concrete tools for successful organizing and advocacy, identify strategies for making change, develop effective messaging, and build relationships to support and sustain their work. To register, go to Debating for Democracy (D4D) on the Road.
Student leaders from each participating Periclean college and university compete in a juried advocacy letter campaign in the spring each year, and students whose letters are judged to be the most effective are awarded cash prizes to advance their causes. Every other year these students attend the D4D National Conference at the New School in New York City. The conference consists of workshops, keynote addresses, and panel discussions that introduced the students to leading figures in civic engagement, education, environment, politics, public policy, and social entrepreneurship. For more information, contact the Dean of Students Office.