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Bowen Institute on Political Participation

Since 1981, the Institute on Political Participation, the original component of the Bowen Center for Public Affairs, has enabled more than 1,000 Indiana students and citizens to hone their skills in political contribution and civic engagement. Participants engage with public officials, members of the media, political analysts and private sector leaders at intensive two-day sessions.

Political participation is a vital part of every community. The Bowen Center for Public Affairs believes you can make a difference by becoming:

  • Involved in the process
  • Engaged in service
  • Knowledgeable about the issues

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The annual Bowen Institute on Political Participation is an intense two-day weekend workshop. Participants who have been nominated to attend have shown an interest in government and politics, but have not participated at a very high level.

The objective is to heighten the individuals’ interest in civic engagement and enhance the skills they will use to become involved. The hands-on program focuses on the issues involved in being an engaged and effective participant in the public sector.

Awarded the Earl T. Shinhoster Award by the Indiana NAACP for pioneering work in civic education, the Institute draws speakers and presenters from across the
political spectrum.