For the Ones Revitalizing Democracy

The Center for Public Democracy

Drake stands boldly and bravely as a hub for democratic discourse, dialogue, and action focused on renewing a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. We prioritize collaborative, innovative, and novel approaches to the project of sustaining multi-dimensional public participation and civic leadership. Faculty, staff, and students engage in the difficult, invigorating, and necessary work of strengthening our local, state, national, and global communities.

Programming and Initiatives

Intentional programming and initiatives shape the learning experiences of the Public Democracy Scholars and other Drake students with an interest in politics, community leadership, public service, law, policy, or social change.

The Public Democracy Scholars Program

The Public Democracy Scholars Program is a signature initiative of the Center for Public Democracy—making Drake the school of choice for politically minded high school students.

The Center for Public Democracy will recruit five students per year to participate in the program with a goal of having 20 scholarships overall.

Events

Save the date for upcoming events hosted by the Center for Public Democracy.

Our Team

Do you have a question for The Center for Public Democracy?

Please reach out to us to learn more about how Drake helps students turn their passion for democracy into rewarding careers.

Rachel Paine Caufield

Rachel Paine Caufield

Co-Executive Director
Center for Public Democracy

Professor of Political Science
College of Arts & Sciences

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Renée Cramer

Renée Cramer

Co-Executive Director
Center for Public Democracy

Deputy Provost for Academic Affairs
Provost's Office

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Scott Raecker

Scott Raecker

Co-Executive Director
Center for Public Democracy

Executive Director
The Robert D. and Billie Ray Center

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