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The Chiesman Center for Democracy promotes and supports democratic principles and active civic engagement.

Our Vision

Our vision is to have a citizenry that is actively aware, passionately engaged, and involved in the democratic process that is respectful of the diversity of opinion that makes our democracy great.

Our Values

  • We respect diversity of viewpoint and a commitment to openness and tolerance in public discourse;
  • We believe that all citizens have the right and responsibility to be active participants in the decisions that impact the civic life of our state and country;
  • We value lifelong education in the democratic process that builds a commitment to ongoing active civic participation;
  • We understand that social responsibility, courage, patriotism, honesty and integrity are the cornerstones of our democracy;
  • We encourage strong communities across South Dakota and our nation that have active, skilled and engaged advocates seeking full participation in their communities’ well-being.