Higher Education and Democratic Practice Initiative


The Higher Education and Democratic Practice (HEDP) Initiative functions under the leadership of Scott Warren, Democracy Fellow in Residence at the Howard R. Swearer Center at Brown University. The HEPD Initiative is a multi-faceted project that aims to examine the current moment in American democracy and study the role of education and institutions of higher education in particular, in defending and promoting democratic values and practice.


The initiative consists of:

  • A conference that brings together civic practitioners, scholars, funders, and students to discuss the role of institutions of higher education in defending democracy.

  • Re-Imagining A 21st Century Democracy, a crowd-sourced journal looking for new ideas about promoting democratic values and norms.


Scott Warren is the founder of Generation Citizen, a nonprofit that inspires youth to participate in politics by providing action civics education. Warren founded Generation Citizen during his senior year at Brown, and, under his leadership, the organization has launched chapters in five states and has taught over 30,000 students to drive change through civic engagement.

As Democracy Fellow, Scott works with the Center to examine the role higher education institutions can and should play in building and maintaining healthy democracies. He will work with Swearer Center staff and Brown faculty to create a range of activities including facilitated conversations and convenings, speakers and panel presentations, and trainings and programs for students interested in learning more about democracy in practice.


For more information regarding the HEDP initiative, please contact Scott Warren or Swearer Center Executive Director Mathew Johnson.