Constitution Day Dialogue Initiative

Do you want to develop collaborative relationships, Constitutional knowledge, and a sense of civic agency? 

These days, the news is full of stories about free speech vs. hate speech, interpersonal and institutional violence, and widespread frustration and anger.

Considering current issues in relation to our nation’s foundational document — its contents, the context in which it was written, and the ways it gets amended or reinterpreted — can build our collective capacity to create a more inclusive and equitable democracy.

Conversations among a diverse array of Minnesotans — including those most impacted by systemic injustices — also shapes people’s understanding of the need for change and seeds possibilities for powerful action together.

Over the next year, Minnesota Campus Compact will work with campus leaders and community partners to launch a series of local dialogues across the state around Constitution Day, September 17, 2018. We’ll collect and create related resources, offer facilitator trainings, test materials with pilot dialogues, support teams coordinating local events, and plan for statewide media coverage. The dialogues will be designed to support follow-up action, and we’ll highlight their results at our annual summit in April 2019.

May 2018 Regional Trainings:


Minnesota Campus Compact member institutions can also apply for mini-grants to support access-related expenses related to dialogue activities. The deadline to apply for these grants is June 18, 2018.

Let’s work together to build an inclusive, powerful culture of civic and community engagement.

To request more information, please contact Sinda Nichols at sinda {at} mncampuscompact(.)org.

To learn about some MNCC members’ Constitution Day 2017 activities and other resources related to the Constitution and Constitution Day, see a recent blog post here.