Diversity & Democracy: Current Issue

Diversity and Democracy, Spring, 2018

Current Issue


Democracy's Graduates: Reimagining Alumnihood

Produced in partnership with the Kettering Foundation, this issue of Diversity & Democracy explores what alumni are saying about civic engagement in and after college and describes how higher education institutions are building relationships with their civic-minded former students. Contributors to this issue examine how alumni are actively engaging in the places where they live and work and helping to improve the undergraduate experience.

AAC&U and the Kettering Foundation partnered to produce this issue and shared the production costs. The Kettering Foundation, established in 1927 by inventor Charles F. Kettering, is a nonprofit operating foundation that does not make grants but engages in joint research with others. Kettering’s primary research question is, what does it take to make democracy work as it should? Kettering’s research is distinctive because it is conducted from the perspective of citizens and focuses on what people can do collectively to address problems affecting their lives, their communities, and their nation. The founda­tion seeks to identify and address the challenges to making democracy work as it should through interrelated program areas that focus on citizens, communities, and institutions. The interpretations and conclusions contained in this volume represent the views of the authors. They do not necessarily reflect the views of the Charles F. Kettering Foundation, its directors, or its officers.

Table of Contents

By Emily Schuster, Association of American Colleges and Universities

Democracy’s Graduates: Reimagining Alumnihood

By Julie Ellison, University of Michigan and Citizen Alum

By John J. Theis, Center for Civic Engagement at Lone Star College–Kingwood

By Linda S. Good, Board of Trustees at Lone Star College

By Mark Wilson and Nan Fairley, Auburn University

By Marian Royston, 2013 Graduate of Auburn University

Research and Evaluation

By Richard M. Battistoni, Providence College and Tania D. Mitchell, University of Minnesota

By Jill J. McMillan, Katy J. Harriger, Christy M. Buchanan, and Stephanie K. Gusler, Wake Forest University

Campus Practice

By Quintus R. Jett, Rutgers University–Newark

By LeeAnn Lands, Kristen Walker, and Christine DeBord, Kennesaw State University

By Danielle Hinrichs, Metropolitan State University

By George J. Sanchez, University of Southern California