Citizens at the Naturalization Ceremony on the Hamilton campus holding their right hands up.

Directors Welcome

John ForrenThank you for visiting Miami University’s Menard Family Center for Democracy. Established in 2019, the Center -- housed jointly in Miami’s College of Arts & Science and its College of Liberal Arts and Applied Science -- supports a broad range of teaching, research and service activities at Miami that enhance civic dialogue and engagement, active citizenship, community problem solving and public understanding of democracy, politics and civic affairs.

We invite you to join us in our work! Please contact us at for more information and to learn how you can get involved.

Our Mission

Rooted in the belief that a healthy democracy requires an informed and engaged citizenry committed to democratic values and practices, the Menard Family Center for Democracy creates and supports direct community-focused programming, engaged teaching and applied research that promotes democratic theory and practice, enhances our understanding of America's civic health and builds the capacity of citizens and communities to collaborate in solving problems across ideological, political and social lines.

Meet Our Staff


Throughout the year, the Menard Family Center sponsors and supports a variety of on-campus and community-based lectures, workshops, hands-on experiences, and interactive dialogues that promote civic education and engagement while connecting Miamians with local, state, and national thought leaders.