After letting the former director go, the American Democracy Project is looking for a new student director.
Each year, ADP works to promote democracy and bring speakers and politicians to campus.
“Each year we have a student employee, a student director, that helps us put on those programs and we have a vacancy in that position,” said Curt Brungardt, Director for the Center for Civic Leadership.
“Fort Hays State’s been an original ADP school since 2003, and the ADP project is about encouraging students to be civically engaged and also politically engaged.
“We recognize that for the future of democracy, we need to have well rounded and educated students to be great citizens. And we run all kind of programs that promote political engagement. Most of the ADP activities are housed in the Center for Civic Leadership.”
The ADP has put on such activities as the Constitution Day and offers a class based on the world’s current issues called the Seven Revolutions.
Recently, the position for student director became available and the ADP has been on the lookout for talented takers to fill the spot.
The job is a paid position with 20 hours of on-campus work and requires a student with an interest in politics, exceptional organization skills and a keen eye to details.
“We are talking to faculty and we are talking to other students who may know somebody that may be suitable. We’re looking for a student that has interest in politics but also a student that is talented at being an event planner. We need someone to help organize out different ADP events. We’re hoping to have someone hired within the next couple of weeks.”
Brungardt said picking up the slack for a while will be difficult, but with the help of the staff in the CCL, the task will not be impossible.
“It’s going to require our staff to focus more on ADP stuff than they normally would until we get someone hired. When we lose a student, we all have to rally to cover those responsibilities until we get someone hired.”
Brungardt said activities for the upcoming election are already planned, but the new student director would get a head start on the activities for the spring.