NDSU Democracy Wall
The NDSU Democracy Wall is a space where NDSU students, faculty, and staff can come together to engage in dialogue around relevant civic issues impacting our local, national, and global communities. Topics/questions are chosen on a weekly basis and individuals respond to the topic/question accordingly. The mission of the NDSU Democracy Wall is: “To foster the development of well-informed and engaged citizens where critical thinking and understanding are promoted through civil discourse on political, cultural, and societal issues impacting our community.”
The mission is actualized through the implementation of the following goals:
- Provide a space where civil discourse can be practiced on a daily basis.
- Encourage critical thinking through the analysis and articulation of the “question” based on personal viewpoints
- Foster understanding among differing perspectives.
- Recognize civil discourse is possible even with differing perspectives.
- Identify instances where common ground exists.
The Democracy Wall is a program of the NDSU Memorial Union and overseen by full-time staff in the Student Activities Office (SAO), specifically, the Assistant Director for Civic Engagement. Weekly/bi-weekly questions are chosen based on relevant social issues impacting local, national, and global communities.
Policies and Guidelines:
The rules and regulations for the NDSU Democracy Wall are designed to provide an opportunity for NDSU students, faculty and staff to express their opinions on subjects affecting them as democratic citizens and members of the campus community in an atmosphere of respect, understanding, and idea sharing.
- Only students, faculty and staff of NDSU are to engage with the Democracy Wall unless prior arrangements have been made with the Assistant Director for Civic Engagement.
- Obscenity, cursing, or other indecencies should not be allowed.
- If you would like to reserve the Democracy Wall for a class, discussion, meeting, etc., please contact the Assistant Director for Civic Engagement and she will make every attempt to accommodate your request. Reservations will begin in the Spring 2018 semester.
- Erasing of content is not allowed (unless SAO staff deems it necessary or a new question is added). Instead, participants are encouraged to engage with a question or comment you may disagree with through written dialogue. Share your thoughts! Help us understand your perspective!
- The Democracy Wall is not a marketing tool. Advertisements for events, programs, etc. are not permitted.
- Memorial Union staff will not engage with the dialogue on the board unless hateful or threatening language or obscenities occur.
- Content should relate to the question(s) and/or dialogue on the board. Irrelevant content may be erased.
- The views expressed on the Wall are those of the authors and do not reflect an official policy or position of NDSU.