Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Constitution Week: We The People

image of the U.S. Constitution
On September 17, 1787, thirty-nine of this country’s founding father’s signed into action what would become perhaps the most important document in American history: The United States Constitution.

Constitution Week serves to commemorate the inception and signing of the U.S. Constitution—and as a strong reminder for citizens to educate themselves about the importance of this historical document and civic engagement.

What Does Constitution Week Mean for You?
Thomas Jefferson, founding father, and third President of the United States stated that in order for the country and its citizens to maintain their freedoms, people need to be educated and informed.

As an educational institution, Rio Salado College not only prepares students for successful careers—it also helps them learn about government and their role as citizens. The college offers political science classes focused on the U.S. Constitution and government, which can also satisfy elective credits for students seeking degrees or fulfilling general education requirements.

“Constitution Week is significant because it reminds us that this important document established our rights as citizens as well as the long standing structure of our government," said Patricia S. Case, Ph.D., Faculty Chair, Social Sciences and Faculty Development Co-Coordinator at Rio Salado. "It has a profound influence on our daily life.”

Make a Change
We think you will quickly discover that being actively engaged in your community through civic or volunteer work can be life-changing.

“I never would have thought that I liked community service, public policy, public service, and advocating for those who cannot represent themselves,” said John Field, a Rio Salado student  and the Arizona Regional President for Phi Theta Kappa; an international honor society of two-year colleges.

“These are gifts that I will treasure forever, and will hopefully make a difference in the lives of those around me."

Student Public Policy Forum
Rio Salado's Student Public Policy Forum (SPPF) is a 2-semester academic program that provides an overview of local, state, and national public policy making, and promotes citizen influence and involvement. SPPF gives students an up-close experience of how government works and culminates in travel to Washington, D.C. in the spring semester.

As part of the program requirements, students select a policy issue on which they conduct research, create an advocacy plan, and develop a final poster presentation.

For more details about SPPF and other civic engagement opportunities, contact Rio Salado Student Life and Leadership Coordinator John Bastian at john.bastian@riosalado.edu or 480-517-8656.

Call to Action!
The Constitution guarantees that people are free to assemble for a cause, free to speak and express themselves, and to work for the improvements they may seek in their own life or in their community.

Let’s put these initiatives to work this Constitution Week and get busy making helpful and positive changes in our own lives and communities!

Arizona Constitution Day Events