Established in 1995 by the Political Science faculty, Democracy House rests on the belief that structured programs are needed to develop good citizens, just as similar programs are needed to develop competent teachers, nurses, engineers, and other workers. We aim to develop the civic confidence and competence of students by creating opportunities for them to work on community problems during their undergraduate years.
Democracy House is a housed under the Career and Transfer Services Department. Democracy House is located Raritan Hall, Room 005. For additional information, please contact us at DemocracyHouse@Middlesexcc.edu or 732-548-6000 ext. 3486.
Arianna E. Illa, LSW serves as the supervisor of Democracy House. Throughout her college career, Arianna participated in several community service based programs and activities. Her volunteer work inspired her to dedicate her studies and career to community work. She earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan, and interned and worked for several community based organizations before assuming current role as the Coordinator of Civic Engagement and Experiential Learning at MCC. In addition to overseeing Democracy House, Arianna coordinates Service Learning and Cooperative Education at the College through the Career Services Department. Arianna believes in the benefits of experiential learning, and is passionate about facilitating these opportunities for students.
All Democracy House activities are coordinated by Ariana K. Simon. As an undergraduate at Rutgers University, Ariana was involved in Alternative Breaks, Global Brigades, Residence Life, Douglass Residential College, and other organizations on campus. After graduating with her Bachelor of Science in Public Health from Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Ariana decided to go back to Rutgers to get her Master’s in Public Health from Rutgers School of Public Health, concentrating in Global Public Health and Epidemiology, expecting to graduate in May of 2019.
Democracy House Coordinator –
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