About Debating for Democracy

 D4D is a distinctive campus-based co-curricular program that represents the mission of Project Pericles in action. As a member of Project Pericles, Pitzer College has the unique opportunity to participate in the Periclean annual “Debating for Democracy” conference, happening March 21st-22nd, 2012 at The New School in New York City. This national conference brings together student representatives from all 30 Periclean campuses to participate in a series of educational activities with leading figures in civic engagement, education, environment, politics, public policy, and social entrepreneurship. A highlight of the conference is the D4D legislative hearing in which students present and defend public policy letters they have written to current and former elected officials. If chosen to represent Pitzer at this conference, all student travel and accommodation costs will be covered!

Important Dates:

November 29th, 2012:

Policy Proposal Letter Writing Workshop 11am-1pm (lunch included) co-hosted by Pitzer Political Studies Professor Rachel VanSickle-Ward and the Pitzer Writing Center. This will be a working session - come prepared with ideas or materials. Must RSVP by TUESDAY, 11/27/12 to triciam@pitzer.edu.

January 30th, 2013:

Student Policy Proposal Letters DUE by 9am to triciam@pitzer.edu - NO EXCEPTIONS.

March 21st-22nd, 2013:

Project Pericles Debating for Democracy National Conference at Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts in New York City.

Program Summary

[More complete information can be found on the RFP (request for proposals) section of this site].

Submitting the letters: The due date for the letters to the Pitzer D4D Program Director (CEC's Tricia Morgan) is  Wednesday, January 30 by 4pm. Five of these letters from five different colleges will be selected for the 2013 Legislative Hearing based on the quality of their letter.

Selecting the Pitzer Delegates: Two students from each Periclean campus will be selected to attend the conference by their Program Director based on their leadership and contribution to civic engagement activities on their campus. The delegates must be freshmen, sophomores, or juniors who are full-time undergraduates at Pitzer and will be returning to their campus for the 2013-14 year.  Colleges will send the names of their two student delegates to Project Pericles by Tuesday, February 5. Project Pericles will pay for the transportation, hotel, and meals for the two student delegates.

*Project Pericles has added three new guidelines for participation: 1) No student who participated in a previous D4D National Conference can be selected as a student delegate unless their letter to an elected official is selected for the legislative hearing. 2) Student delegates who presented in a previous legislative hearing cannot be chosen as student delegates or submit a letter to an elected official. 3) No student can co-author more than one letter.

Being Selected for the Legislative Hearing: Ten students (the two lead students for the five finalist letters) will be selected by Project Pericles to participate in the Legislative Hearing and attend the conference.  The five colleges selected to participate in the Legislative Hearing will therefore bring four students to the conference (the two students selected by the CEC Steering Committee and the additional two letter writers selected for the Legislative Hearing by Project Pericles).