Dialogue and Democracy Summer Institute

Invest in a Lifetime of Civic Engagement

Want to make the world a better place? This six-day residential summer program is designed for girls who want to learn how to speak up and be heard. Here, participants will learn the building blocks for constructive dialogue by practicing how to listen to and respect those with different views. On completion of the program, participants will receive one hour of elective college credit from Saint Mary's College. Participants will also develop skills for participation in democracy, developing their own action plan to address an issue of concern in your local community. Participants will work closely with Saint Mary’s College students and professors as they experience life on campus, engage in hands-on learning, develop valuable pre-college academic skills, and have fun building relationships with their peers.

This emphasis on engagement at the local level will give participants valuable, real-world skills for participating in democracy while addressing the overwhelming sense of frustration and polarization that can exist in national politics. 

Throughout the week you will:

  • Practice skills to engage in constructive dialogue with others who have different views
  • Develop virtues and skills necessary to be active in democracy
  • Investigate what it means to participate in a “politics of place”
  • Engage in hands-on learning activities 
  • Get a headstart on earning college credit 

Upon completion of the program, participants will receive one hour of elective college credit from Saint Mary's College!

2023 Camp Information

Dialogue and Democracy Summer Institute

For girls entering grades 9-12 as of September 2023

Dates: July 16-21

Cost: $749
Scholarships Available




We know how important choosing a summer camp is for you and because of this, we are here to answer any questions that you have!

Call: (574) 284-4778

Email: camps@saintmarys.edu

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The Dialogue and Democracy Academic Institute is supported by the John and Frank Sparacio Charitable Foundation.