On Monday, October 29, from 2-6 p.m., Illinois State University’s American Democracy Project and School of Communication are co-sponsoring a Social Issues Fair in the Prairie Room of the Bone Student Center.

The Social Issues Fair allows COM 110 students, registered student organizations, and other community organizations to engage other Basic Course students or Illinois State University students about current political and social issues. Each participant will be required to prepare a short briefing on his or her social issue. Prior to engaging other students, each COM 110 student will research his or her topic, which provides an opportunity to hone researching skills.

We have a wide range of topics at this year’s fair including discussions of employment, the national debt, funding for education, health care, renewable energy, and urban education.

The event is free and open to the public.

Both Illinois State’s American Democracy Project and School of Communication are dedicated to educating students for responsible civic and political engagement. Illinois State was selected along with 10 other campuses nationwide as model political engagement institutions by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) in 2006 and received the national Program of Excellence Award for Political Engagement in 2011.

For more information about the social issues fair, please contact Chad Woolard at cewoola@ilstu.edu. For more information about Illinois State’s American Democracy Project or School of Communication, please contact Dr. Steve Hunt at skhunt2@ilstu.edu or visit Illinois State’s ADP website, or the School of Communication’s website.