Civics 101

Overview
Civics 101 is a nine-week citizen’s academy designed to educate, inform, and entertain residents interested in learning more about our municipal government.

The free program, which is celebrating its 8th anniversary this year, is open to Davidson residents and residents of Davidson’s extra-territorial jurisdiction (ETJ) who are 18 and older. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss departmental functions and operations with town department heads, tour the fire and police departments, learn about town history from Davidson College’s archivist, and take part in a personalized question and answer session with the Board of Commissioners.  Regardless of how long you have lived in Davidson, this is a great way to familiarize yourself with the town government, meet elected officials, town staff and other residents.
2015-03-28 Civics101 Bus Tour 9am
  • Attendance Requirements
Registration for the 2016 session of Civics 101 is now closed. We hope you'll register next year.

Classes will be held at town hall. They begin Thursday, February 4, 2016 and continue through the beginning of April, meeting each Thursday. Classes also include a Saturday field trip and graduation ceremony at the April board of commissioners’ regular meeting on April 12. Participants can elect to sign up for a day session from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. or the evening session from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Participants should not expect nine weeks of lectures. Classes will require participation in discussion and activities. Acceptance into the program is on a first come, first serve basis and only 25 participants will be able to participate in each class. Residents selected must commit to attending all classes.

Applying for Civics 101
For more information about the program, please email Cristina Shaul or call her at 704-940-9602.

2016 Class Schedule
  • Daytime class meets 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
  • Evening class meets 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 4, 2016
  • Session 1 – Welcome and Class Overview
  • A Look Back: Town History with Jan Blodgett and Marvin Brandon
  • Location: Davidson Town Hall
Thursday, February 11, 2016
  • Session 2 – Town Manager -- Council Form of Government/Administration, Vision, Mission and Core Values
  • Location: Davidson Town Hall
Thursday, February 18, 2016
  • Session 3 – Communications and Finance
    Location: Davidson Town Hall
Thursday, February 25, 2016
  • Session 4 - Planning and Affordable Housing
    Location: Davidson Town Hall 
Thursday, March 3, 2016
  • Session 5 – Parks & Recreation and Public Works
    Location: Davidson Town Hall
Thursday, March 10, 2016
  • Session 6 -- Economic Development
  • Location: Davidson Town Hall
Thursday, March 17, 2016
  • Session 7 – Police Department
  • Location: Davidson Town Hall
Saturday, March 19, 2016
  • Session 8 - Bus tour of town (9 to 10:30 a.m. or 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)
  • Location: Meet at Parks and Recreation Office at 865 South Street (at entrance of greenway)
Thursday, March 24, 2016
  • Session 9 – Meet the Board/Learn about Davidson's nonprofit organizations
  • Location: Meet at Davidson Town Hall
Thursday, March 31, 2016
  • Session 10 -- Materials Recycling Facility Tour
  • Location: Meet at Parks and Recreation Office at 865 South Street (at entrance of greenway) at 9:00 a.m. or meet at 1007 Amble Drive, Charlotte at 10:00 a.m.
Thursday, April 7, 2016
  • Session 11  -- Fire Department
  • Location: Davidson Town Hall
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
  • Recognition at Davidson Board of Commissioners meeting at 6:00 p.m.