Lang Center
for Civic & Social Responsibility

Debating for Democracy

Debating for Democracy (D4D)™ inspires students to become successful advocates in their communities. To encourage engaged citizenship, Project Pericles requests original letters to elected officials from teams (two or more students) at Periclean colleges and universities. A panel of judges will select the winning teams for the 2018 D4D competition.

Five teams from five different colleges will win $500 to work on their issue.


A student must a) be a full-time undergraduate at a Periclean campus; b) be a first, second, or third year student as defined by their college or university during spring 2018; c) write and mail a letter to an elected official, and d) provide a project proposal. Students must be returning to campus for the 2018-19 academic year to ensure that winning teams can work on their issues.

Students will be expected to carry out significant advocacy and educational activities to advance their issue during the 2018-2019 academic year. 

Selection Process

Students must submit their letter and project proposal to their Project Pericles Program Director by Friday, March 9, 2018. The Program Director will review each letter and select up to four to forward to Project Pericles. The names of all of the students who worked on each letter must be sent to Project Pericles with the students who prepared each letter clearly identified. All letters should be mailed by the students to the appropriate elected official by March 16.

A committee consisting of people with significant experience in public policy will review the submitted letters and project proposals using the criteria below. Based on this review, the five winning teams will be selected. We will announce the five winning teams in April 2018.

Important Dates

March 9, 2018 — All letters due to the Project Pericles Program Director. Program Directors may set an earlier deadline. 

March 16, 2018 by 5 PM EST — Program Directors submit via email up to four letters (in Word) to Project Pericles. A copy of each letter must also be mailed to the appropriate U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative, State Senator or State Representative.

April 2018 — Five winning teams announced after review by a panel of experts.   



Jennifer Magee

Associate Director of the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility
Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility
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