Campus Democracy

"In the Catholic Tradition, responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation."

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship

The CDP is organized by a University-wide committee co-chaired by a professor of political science and a student leader.

The following units and groups are currently represented on the CDP Committee:

  • Barry Service Corps
  • Campus Ministry
  • Center for Community Service Initiatives
  • Office of Student Life
  • College Democrats
  • College of Nursing and Health Sciences
  • College Republicans
  • Department of History and Political Science
  • Department of Housing and Residence Life
  • Division of Business and Finance
  • Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Office of Mission Engagement
  • School of Business
  • School of Education
  • School of Social Work
  • Student Government Association

For further information, contact the CCSI at or 305-899-3696.

Students: Make sure you are counted in the Census!

Even if you were home on Census Day, April 1, you should be counted according to the residence criterion that states you should be counted where you live and sleep most of the time. In most cases, students living away from home – at school – should be counted at school, even if you are temporarily elsewhere due to COVID-19. As part of the Campus Democracy Project (CDP), learn what the Census is all about, here, and what all students need to know, here.

Barry's Voter Friendly Campus Action Plan

Barry University’s Action Plan for Civic Learning, Political Engagement, and Voting Rates Among College Students was developed by the Center for Community Service Initiatives (CCSI) and the Campus Democracy Project (CDP) Committee. In support of Barry’s civic learning and democratic engagement efforts, this Action Plan will be executed throughout the University, with the primary elements being implemented on and around Barry’s main campus in Miami Shores, Florida. Some supplemental activities will take place at the Law School campus in Orlando and at other University sites in Florida. Implementation of the Action Plan got underway at the start of the 2019–2020 academic year and will intensify in the run-up to the 2020 Elections. Submission of the Voter Friendly Campus Report will mark the end of the 2020–2021 phases of the Plan.