About Us

In its strategic plan “Carolina Next: Innovations for the Public Good, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has identified the promotion of democracy as an important mission. The “Promote Democracy” initiative contains three prongs: to facilitate avenues for students and the community to become stewards of democracy through increased civic engagement and leadership opportunities; to expand campus-wide efforts for the community to participate in respectful modes of democratic discourse across differences and to identify and develop the democratic research and curricular enterprise across campus. 

The overreaching goal of the “Promote Democracy” initiative is to make Carolinathe nation’s first public university–the beacon for principled and effective democracy worldwide. This University is exceptionally well-positioned to achieve this goal through education, research, and service.