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Making democracy work

CEHD alumni, faculty, and staff talk about their passions as engaged citizens

Updated November 8, 2016

Citizenship means more than voting, and democracy is more than elections. A hallmark of people with a connection to the College of Education and Human Development is their commitment to making a difference and improving lives any day of any year.

Heading into election season this fall, we talked to alumni, faculty, and students about how they are engaged in civic life. Meet three of them in the features published in our fall issue.


Getting things done

Rachel Leonard, Sherburne County commissioner

Educating voters

Alice King Moormann, League of Women Voters

Creating engaged citizens

Tania Mitchell, assistant professor

Read about the work of more CEHD faculty, staff, students, and alumni…

Future voters in classrooms across the state are getting the experience of voting in the 2016 elections thanks to their CEHD alumni teachers and leaders in organizations like Kids Voting and Minnesota Civic Youth.

Family social science professor Bill Doherty took on the election directly when he and thousands of colleagues signed onto a “citizen therapists” manifesto recognizing one presidential candidate’s proclivity for scapegoating, intolerance, and blatant sexism as a “threat to the well-being of the people we care for.”

Trygve Throntveit in the office of external relations is also now the Dean’s Fellow in Civic Studies. This past summer he was named editor of The Good Society, a journal moving to Minnesota from Pennsylvania State University.

Jason Stahl Jason Stahl is the author of Right Moves: The Conservative Think Tank in American Political Culture Since 1945 (University of North Carolina Press, 2016).

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Story by Gayla Marty | iStock | Fall 2016