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  1. Interns sit around a large table discussing issues.

    2021-22 JOIP Request for Proposals

    The David Mathews Center for Civic Life is pleased to announce our Jean O’Connor-Snyder Internship Call for Proposals for the 2021-22 academic year!

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  2. DMC Hosts Statewide Community Forums on SUD

    Since December 2020, the David Mathews Center (DMC) has visited 20 counties all over Alabama as part of the Alabama Provider Capacity Project (APCP). This is a joint project between the Alabama Medicaid Agency, the Alabama Department of Mental Health, and the VitAL Initiative at The University of Alabama School of Social Work.  APCP proposes to increase Alabama’s capacity to provide substance use treatment and expand provider participation options.
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  3. U.S. Capitol Building

    Inaugurations: A Brief History

    A presidential inauguration is one of America’s most sacred traditions. Since the swearing in of George Washington to today’s ceremony, American inaugurations have been filled with historic, odd, patriotic, and unusual moments. Here’s a glimpse of notable stories from past inaugurations:

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  4. Wall painted with the word "VOTE"

    The ABCs of Voting: 2020 Edition

    Confused about voting? Just curious? We’ve compiled an A – Z list of definitions, resources, and deep dives to demystify the voting process. Whether you’re looking for more information about absentee voting or just geeking out about electoral history, we’ve got you covered.
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  5. DMC Partners with NCoC for a Learning Circle!

    We partnered with the National Conference on Citizenship and University of Alabama to talk about a new approach to teaching history. Dr. Giggie and Ms. Lawson taught a History of Us course specifically focusing on Black history every day of the class. Two of their students, Del and Noa, discussed their experience going through the class as high school students, and how it has affected their lives. Our Education Director Gabrielle shared about our collaborative partnership with Dr. Giggie and Ms. Lawson for this class. We partnered with their students to create a Historical Issue Guide on Reconstruction, giving them the opportunities become historians and shape a deliberative guide on a complex topic.

    Click here to watch the learning circle!

  6. Native American Heritage Month in November!

    November is Native American Heritage Month! We want to take time to honor the histories, cultures, and stories of indigenous people groups. To learn more about Native American culture, young students can read the book The Star People: A Lakota Story. In November, we will partner with the Albert L. Scott Public Library to commemorate Native American Heritage month.

  7. Ways to Count in Your Community

    Alabama citizens have until October 31 to complete the 2020 Census and have their voices heard! By submitting your data to the Census Bureau, you help allocate funding and resources that benefit your community. Alabama-specific information can be found at Get counted today!

    For even more ways to be an active citizen, check out our Ways to Count list of civic engagement practices below:
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  8. Teaching Difficult History: Discussing Reconstruction in the Classroom

    We are hosting a free, virtual professional development opportunity titled Teaching Difficult History: Discussing Reconstruction in the Classroom. This workshop will include two modules that can be completed at your own pace, and one live Zoom session from 4-6 p.m on October 28th. Participants who complete the workshop will be eligible for 4 clock hours of professional learning. You can register for the workshop here.

  9. New Fall Newsletter: Homeroom

    This month, the David Mathews Center will launch a new weekly newsletter called Homeroom! Every week, we will send out a civic word of the week, a historical story, and related resources. Families can use Homeroom as a guide in developing civic engagement skills, understanding history, and growing in citizenship. Families can sign up for this weekly newsletter here.

  10. DMC Welcomes AmeriCorps Member Abby Holcombe

    The DMC is happy to announce that AmeriCorps member Abby Holcombe has joined our team! Abby will serve as an AmeriCorps member at the DMC for 2020-21 thanks to the YWCA of Central Alabama’s “Building Communities, Bettering Lives” program. We are so thankful to the YWCA of Central Alabama for partnering with us to bring AmeriCorps to the Mathews Center!

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