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May 21, 2015
Auburn University Student Begins Living Democracy in Collinsville
Auburn University Student Begins Living Democracy in Collinsville

Auburn University Living Democracy Fellow Crystal Rawls began a ten-week living and learning experience in Collinsville, Alabama, May 13.  The media studies and creative writing major will be working with community partner Jennifer Wilkins, director of the Collinsville Public Library, as well as other local organizations.  

May 19, 2015
Teens Willing to Participate in Strengthening Collinsville's Future
Teens Willing to Participate in Strengthening Collinsville's Future

Mark Wilson and Blake Evans of Auburn University moderated a forum titled “Strengthening Collinsville’s Future” on May 15 in Donna Jones’ classroom at Collinsville High School. Using an issue guide developed by the David Mathews Center for Civic Life, the forum allowed students to weigh the pros and cons of different approaches communities might take related to the issue.

By Crystal Rawls
March 17, 2015
Summer in Collinsville Opens Doors for McCauley
Summer in Collinsville Opens Doors for McCauley

In the summer of 2014, the 21-year-old McCauley channeled her passion for reading and community action to the North Alabama community of Collinsville as a Living Democracy student.  She partnered with the Collinsville Public Library, helping them with summer reading classes for children.

By Crystal Rawls
August 21, 2014
Magazine Launch
Magazine Launch

Stories from Collinsville, Elba, Linden and Selma are featured in the first issue of Living Democracy, a magazine that captures the spirit of these diverse Alabama communities.

By Professor Nan Fairley
July 29, 2014
Summer in Collinsville Brings Unforgettable Gifts
Summer in Collinsville Brings Unforgettable Gifts

I cried the day I had to leave Collinsville. There was not a day during my ten weeks that I looked forward to leaving, and the final week of my internship crept up on me and reality hit hard. Through my tears I told my mom, “I can’t leave here for good. I keep believing I’m just taking a break and I’ll be back.”

By Shaye McCauley

Last Updated: April 04, 2019