Many people are turned off by the idea of a political organization. While politics is, obviously, the strongest deciding factor in anything that happens to our nation, a large percentage of the population simply wishes either to not participate, or just not listen.
This is exactly what the Auburn College Democrats don’t want. Especially on a college campus, leaders of the Auburn Democrats encourage students to not just join their side of issues, but to become educated and participate in events that shape our campus, as well as our nation as a whole.
Alex Roberson, president of the Auburn College Democrats, and Beth Clayton, vice president, say that the purpose of their organization is to help make Auburn’s campus and community become aware of the issues at hand, what they believe in, further political goals and put those goals into action. Above all, they encourage students to explore different views of thinking, and to talk about these ideas.
The Auburn Democrats host a variety of events on campus encouraging student participation. Most recently, they held a nonpartisan forum exploring the significance of the recent revolutions in the Middle East.
When asked what it’s like to be a democratic organization in a predominantly republican state, Clayton says that it is not as difficult as it may seem.
“We see a lot of people who believe that they are republicans because that’s the way they’ve been raised,” said Clayton, “but once we actually talk to them and start discussing certain issues, they may see that we have more in common than they thought.”
Regardless of ideological differences, the Auburn Democrats are typically on good terms with the other political student organizations.
“We’ve try reaching out to the Auburn Republicans to collaborate on forums and events,” said Roberson, “but we have no current involvement with them at this time.”
Roberson, a senior history major, says that he became involved with the organization as a freshman after attending and participating in a debate between the College Democrats and the College Republicans. Clayton, a junior public relations major, says that being involved with her high school’s debate team encouraged her to continue that type of activity in college, and she saw the College Democrats as a great way to put her interests into action.
The Auburn College Democrats currently have over 100 members on their e-mail list, and around 15 active members. The best way to become involved is to contact an officer at this link http://www.auburn.edu/student_info/college_democrats/join.php
or find the Auburn Democrat’s Facebook and Twitter pages. The organization also meets every Monday at 6 p.m. in the Student Center, a time at which any new members are welcome to join.