Tag Archives: community engagement
  1. Civic Dispatch: The Marion Cemetery, A Lesson in Community Involvement

    Jean O’Connor-Snyder intern Logan Goulart reflects on the Marion Cemetery in his thought piece from Marion, Alabama.

    Across the street from historic Judson College, the entrance to the cemetery is what you would expect of any cemetery entrance: two brick pillars and a metal arch with “Marion Cemetery” in slanted letters.

    A paved road leads into the heart of the cemetery. Headstones dot the landscape in front, and white obelisks stand out amidst the gray. The grave markers emit an undeniable sense of history, and memories flood the senses.  Read More »

  2. Civic Dispatch: The Future of Small Town America

    Jean O’Connor-Snyder intern Vaughn Gingerich reflects on small town America in his thought piece from Walker County.

    I kept an open mind, having spoken with a previous intern who had a great experience, but didn’t quite know what to expect. Having grown up in Anchorage, Alaska, I had never spent much time in a rural setting before, let alone in the American South. So, when I first came to Jasper, my eyes mostly picked out what confirmed the stereotypes and assumptions people have about small, rural towns: vacated industrial properties, abandoned storefronts, and empty streets.

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  3. 2018 Civic Institute: Be Together Differently

    We’ve added new sessions to our third annual Civic Institute! Please join us Friday, August 17, for some deep conversations on strengthening civic life in Alabama – not for a day, but for the duration. Read More »

  4. JOIP

    Civic Dispatch: Marion Collaborates to Preserve the Past

    JOIP intern Katherine Mauldin reflects on how residents of Marion collaborate to preserve their past. Part of a series of thought pieces from our interns embedded in communities across Alabama. Read More »

  5. The Fabric of Resilience: Confronting Globalization in Rural Alabama

    From Chambers County comes a story of community resilience and local innovation in response to global economic forces. Read More »

  6. Meet the 2017 Living Democracy Fellows!

    Two Auburn University social work majors and a May 2017 graduate will be living and learning in Alabama communities for ten weeks this summer as participants in the College of Liberal Arts’ Living Democracy initiative. Read More »

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