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Darien Civic Engagement Project

Experience Politics

For the upcoming spring 2022 semester, students can register for the 1.5 credit Topics in Political Science: Teaching Citizenship course (790:250). Enrolled students will work together with Dr. Elizabeth Matto of the Eagleton Institute of Politics and CYPP staff on RU Ready– A civic engagement initiative to provide students with the motivation and the civic, political, and expressive tools they need to address public problems in their community.

In conjunction with their coursework, DCEP students will meet together on Mondays from 11:00am to 12:20pm in a class meeting to discuss and implement the best practices of encouraging young people to participate in politics.

If taken in conjunction with an additional 1.5-credit political science course, such as Reading Social Science Research (790:254), these credits will count as political science elective credits.

Special Note: All enrolled Darien students must complete a background check, fingerprinting paperwork, negative TB test and Protection of Minors training. Paperwork will be handled & processed by Jessica Ronan. If paperwork is incomplete, students will be unable to participate in any in-person high school opportunities.

Applications are closed for the spring cohort.


  • Assisting with RU Ready in the implementation of civic education lessons with local and national high school students
  • Develop leadership and presentation skills
  • Gain research skills on civic education rates in the United States
  • Opportunities to participate in special events!


  • Open to students of all majors, all schools and all class years
  • Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Eager to engage with high students at Rutgers University and area high schools in the promotion of civic education activities
  • Detail-orientated and responsible attitude
  • Ability to complete a background check, fingerprinting, negative TB test, and Protection of Minors training

Civil Discourse Expectations

Classes, programs and other events convened by the Eagleton Institute of Politics are premised on the belief that, in order for our democracy to work, we need to be able to talk to each other. Students and other program participants are expected to engage in open and civil discourse, recognizing that meaningful exchange of ideas from different perspectives requires reasoned deliberation based on shared facts and conducted with respect and curiosity, and with affirmation of the humanity of all people irrespective of their historic marginalization, identity or socioeconomic status. In addition, like all Rutgers students, students at Eagleton are expected to comply with the Rutgers University Code of Conduct.

Students exhibiting behavior in class or online that conflicts with the Civil Discourse Expectations of the Eagleton Institute of Politics or with relevant sections of the University Student Code of Conduct may be removed from a class, given a failing grade for the course and/or terminated from the Darien Civic Engagement.

Application Process

Applications are closed for the spring 2022 cohort.

For more information about the program, please contact Jessica Ronan at jronan@eagleton.rutgers.edu

A special thank you to:
The Darien Fund for the U.S. Constitution, Citizenship, and Civic Engagement

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