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American Democracy Project

Past Student Initiatives

Our MTSU ADP students strive to get their peers civically engaged! Check out some of their hard work from days gone by:

Check Out Our 2023 Constitution Day Programming!

Click below to watch footage of our Common Sense Civics program with Congressman Jim Cooper and Senator Bob Corker.

The Middle Tennessee session of the 2023 Tennessee Statewide Campus Civic Summit meets in person at Vanderbilt University, Friday March 24. Active Citizenship programming includes in-person speakers and activities, virtual collaborations across the state, and networking and brainstorming with student leaders throughout Middle Tennessee! Lunch provided! All Middle Tennessee colleges and universities, send your civic action, civic learning, civic engagement, service learning, voter registration, and student government teams!


Check Out These Midterm Election Results From Our Friends At ThinkTennessee!

Thank you to everyone who came out to our 2022 Party at the Polls!

∗More pictures from the 2022 Poll Party on our FacebookTwitter, and Instagram!∗

MTSU again tops in Secretary of State voter registration competition


Click HERE to see what’s going to be on your ballot this year!


MTSU professors Dr. Amy Sayward and Dr. Mary Evins took their students to the polls to kick off the first day of

early voting! 

MTSU Tennessee History students celebrated the beginning of early voting on the Square in Murfreesboro 10/19/2022.

MTSU Honors U.S. History students exercised their citizenship when they voted, most for the first time, on the first day of early voting in Tennessee 10/19/22.

ADP Members Walk in MTSU’s Homecoming 2022 Parade!

This year’s cart theme was “The 19th Amendment and Women’s Rights.”

“Campus Ramps Up for Voter Registration Competition”

Read about us in this Sidelines article!

 Check out this handy election calendar if you’re a Rutherford County resident!

Click Here!



ADP is a proud partner of Vote Early Day! More Information Here.

MTSU celebrates National Voter Registration Week with campus events through Oct. 2

Did you know one in four people aren’t registered to vote 😱 ! We’re sure you’ll agree with us when we say that number is TOO HIGH. If you are not yet registered, what are you waiting for? It only takes two minutes! Visit and get #VoteReady TODAY!

ADP is gearing up for Constitution Week, Sept. 13th – 17th, 2021!

Click the link above for more information!

Attend our Panel: “State Legislatures Shaping the Nation: Tennessee Law and National Civic Culture”

September 13th at 3:00 on stage of the Tucker Theatre and broadcast live on streaming. 

More information on event scheduling to be announced.

MTSU offers free Election Day shuttle rides for campus voters

Rock The Vote at Belmont University: Nashville Colleges Celebrate Democracy

MTSU students can register here at

MTSU campus keeps tradition of reading U.S. Constitution to celebrate democracy

‘Chimes of Freedom’ ring out as MTSU celebrates 100 years of women’s suffrage

MTSU hosts summit to spur student civic engagement and voting participation

MTSU is the leader in 2019 Tennessee College Voter Registration Competition through the Secretary of State’s Office.

The American Democracy Project’s goal is to produce graduates who understand and are committed to engaging in meaningful actions as citizens in a democracy. By working with students and faculty, the American Democracy Project seeks to nurture programs inside and outside the classroom that raise the levels of our campus community’s engagement with the local, national, and global communities around us.

Under the auspices of the Office of the University Provost, Middle Tennessee State University has participated in this national initiative since its founding in 2003. The American Democracy Project has grown into a multi-campus initiative that seeks to create an intellectual and experiential understanding of civic engagement for undergraduates enrolled at institutions that are members of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). Currently more than 250 campuses participate in the American Democracy Project.

Dr. Mary Evins (Research Professor, University Honors College, Associate Professsor, Department of History) coordinates the American Democracy Project. Find her at the Paul W. Martin Honors Building in HONR 221.

  • To work with ADP, email
  • To join the ADP student organization, visit the myMT page and click on Join Organization.
  • Listen to Dr. Evins discussing the American Democracy Project on the WGNS Action Line radio program:

 Click here for the full podcast.

Contact Us

Dr. Mary A. Evins

American Democracy Project
HONR 221

Graduating Civically Engaged,

Globally Responsible Citizens