Living Democracy


Now in its eighth year, Living Democracy pairs students and citizens in Alabama communities for a living-learning experience in community and civic engagement. The backgrounds, interests, majors and skills of the students are as diverse as the communities where they will reside. The upcoming journey will be an adventure in developing relationships, building on what had grown, understanding a community's hopes and dreams, and discovering what makes democracy work as it should.

Living Democracy is a collaboration with communities and the David Mathews Center for Civic Life. Living Democracy students serve as Jean O'Connor Snyder Interns with the Mathews Center, a program jointly administered by the University of Alabama's New College. Learn about Living Democracy on this site, and contact Dr. Mark Wilson, Director of Community Engagement in the College of Liberal Arts ( or Nan Fairley, Associate Professor of Journalism ( Follow us on Facebook and Twitter @LivingDemocracy. 

Students interested in becoming future Living Democracy fellows should contact Aaron Carpenter at

Last Updated: January 24, 2019