Winona State University and the American Democracy Project will celebrate Constitution Day Monday, Sept. 17, on the WSU campus.

Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie will present “Helping to Move Democracy Forward” at 1 p.m. on the second floor of Krueger Library. Ritchie will talk directly to students about doing their part for democracy and participating in the upcoming elections.

A panel discussion on the importance of civic engagement will take place at 6 p.m. in the Student Activities Center, Kryzsko Commons. Participants will include students, faculty, and representatives from the League of Women Voters and WSU Student Life and Development.

The discussion will serve as a kick-off for National Voter Registration Day Tuesday, Sept. 25. Students of the Political Science/Public Administration Department will be registering students to vote every afternoon from Sept. 17-25.

WSU Senior Laura Lake said it is students’ civic duty to vote and to encourage others to vote as well. “There is a mistaken belief that our generation doesn’t ‘care’ enough to vote,” Lake said. “This discussion and National Voter Registration Project will rally the student body to become engaged citizens – ones who exercise their right to vote.”

In order to commemorate Constitution Day, a replica of the document will be on display Sept. 17 in the Darrell W. Krueger Library Rotunda. Pocket Constitutions will be available to students free of charge.

For more information, contact Lake at LLake09@winona.edu.

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