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About CIVDEM@Mac

Welcome to CIVDEM@Mac (A Partnered Learning Pathway in Civic Vitality, Democracy and Elections Management). This interdisciplinary minor equips students to work towards strengthening civic vitality, democratic resiliency, and electoral integrity, as well as empowering underrepresented people to participate in the political and electoral process.

This guide is intended for use by students, staff, faculty, and partners interested in understanding the program, and to act as a signpost to the breadth of resources that are available to support you. We draw together resources that relate to the core themes of civic engagement, democratic processes and institutions, and electoral management and integrity; and that relate to local, as well as provincial, national, and international contexts.

Navigate the guide by theme, using the toolbar on the left-hand side. Each theme contains links to several resources. This guide is not exhaustive, and we strongly encourage your own research to complement the resources provided here. We will be updated frequently as the certificate develops. If you have comments about the guide, or recommendations for resources to add, please contact us.


CIVDEM@Mac is supported by the MacPherson Institute.

Thanks to our project partners at the Office of Community Engagement, Office of Careers and Experiential Education, and Participedia for early support of this initiative, and to McMaster University Library and the Sherman Centre for the development of the guide.

Land Acknowledgement

We recognize and acknowledge that McMaster University is located on the traditional territories of the Mississauga and Haudenosaunee nations, and within the lands protected by the "Dish With One Spoon" wampum, an agreement to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. It is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

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