Home page of the Living Democracy program

Living Democracy brings together students and citizens to collaborate on issues of concern to Alabama communities. Coordinated by the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University and the David Mathews Center for Civic Life, the project prepares undergraduate college students for civic life through living-learning experiences in the summer.  

July 30, 2019
Historic homes welcome guests in Chatom
Historic homes welcome guests in Chatom

While in Chatom, I have had the pleasure of staying with my community partner Jessica Ross. However, for other people interested in visiting Chatom, finding a place to stay can be extremely challenging unless you know someone who lives in the area.

By Melissa Dennis
July 29, 2019
DeKalb County Commission hears from community members
DeKalb County Commission hears from community members

The DeKalb County Commission meets every second and fourth Tuesday of the month. The Commission, made up of four district members, a president, and an administrator, hear from community representatives on any issues the county is facing.

By Hannah White
July 26, 2019
Spending the night where Alabama began
Spending the night where Alabama began

Before Living Democracy, I had no idea that I would walk the land where Alabama began. Yet, for the third time during my summer in Washington County, I was walking around Old St. Stephens. This time I was here for an overnight stay.

By Melissa Dennis
July 25, 2019
Elba science teacher inspires students to 'get by or get better'
Elba science teacher inspires students to 'get by or get better'

Phillip Smith, a science teacher at Elba High School, spent most of his summer painting his new classroom. Inspirational quotes now line the walls, and his adjacent lab is covered with scientific equations and theories.

By Jack West
July 23, 2019
Collinsville club shares more than books
Collinsville club shares more than books

When I began my summer in Collinsville, I knew it would be one full of new and different experiences. One thing I wasn’t planning on was joining a book club, but I’m so glad I did. My invitation to join book club came the first week of being in town, and I was welcomed into a group of five women who met bi-weekly to talk books and catch up with each other.

By Hannah White