It has been a busy year for the Mathews Center! This year alone we’ve driven over 24,000 miles, held more than 60 forums, and engaged over 3,000 Alabamians—all in pursuit of our mission to strengthen civic life in our state!


This year saw a number of firsts for the DMC, including our first-ever Spanish language forums and the launch of our new Innovators in Civic Education Teaching Fellows program. We wrapped up our three-year forum series, What’s Next, Alabama?, and launched a special forum series with Auburn University’s Draughon Center—Monuments, Memorials, & Memory: How Should We Remember the Past in Alabama?

These milestones would never be reached without all of you, our wonderful partners and supporters. That support was on display this summer at our sold out 2019 Civic Institute, where we welcomed 250 of our closest friends to reflect on the meaning of home and belonging in public life. This year, we at the Mathews Center found ourselves reflecting on the meaning of home.

No matter the program, we work with Alabamians in the places that shape them and, in turn, are shaped ourselves. This is why we’re serious about spending time on the road in Alabama’s 67 counties meeting people where they live, learn, and work. As you peruse this Year in Review, I invite you to reflect on the place you call home. We are inspired by you as you shape the future of your hometowns by working better together with your neighbors. We look forward to strengthening civic life together in 2020 and beyond!