When the Utah onAir Council is established, Council members and Utah onAir’s Executive Director will work with political science professors and other faculty at the University of Utah to start Utah’s first onAir chapter. This chapter will be partially modeled on the Democracy Squad chapter at George Mason University.
Through its chapters, Utah onAir will support the nationwide effort by colleges and universities across the country to make democracy and civic responsibility a central aspect of higher learning.
The University of Utah’s chapter will initially focus on training interested undergrad and graduate students on how to curate Utah onAir content especially submitting Top News articles, events, videos, and information and moderating forums in each post they curate.
Student curators will also work with state senate and house committee chairs to produce aircasts on issues being discussed and bills being proposed in their committees.
During election season, students with other other organizations like the League of Women Voters, will coordinate and produce aircasted debates with candidates.
The University of Utah
Civic Engagement Programs
Source: Bennion Center
The Lowell Bennion Community Service Center was dedicated in 1987 by Chase Peterson, President of the University of Utah. He stated, “No university can rest merely with the transmission of old or the generation of new knowledge. It must also help students reach out to larger opportunities and responsibilities. That is what the Bennion Center is all about.”
Students have been doing just that – directing projects designed to address an identified community need, usually in partnership with an existing public or private agency. Projects that served elderly people, youth, and special populations were among the first programs offered, and still provide the bulk of our volunteer opportunities.