Grant to Support Innovative Civics Experiments at UF’s Graham Center

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Former Sen. Bob Graham at opening of new UF center.

On December 13th, the Knight’s Board of Trustees approved a $3 million grant over three years to the Bob Graham Center for Public Service at the University of Florida.

The Bob Graham Center for Public Service will implement their ‘Effective Citizenship in the 21st Century’ program this spring. This comprehensive program will include an online course, social media and an electronic ‘Civil Debate Wall’, coupled with six Knight Effective Citizenship Fellows. The Center aspires to pave the way for universities and colleges across the country to prepare students as informed and active participants in our democracy ‘ not merely spectators.

Through this grant, Knight can help shape a fresh approach to understanding citizenship and support experiments that promote civil civic conversations using new digital tools.