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The James F. Ackerman Center for Democratic Citizenship has as its mission to assume a leadership role in preparing the next generation of American citizens. Center focus is on providing programs and resources for educators to implement more powerful citizenship education that promotes active student involvement in schools and communities.

The Ackerman Center coordinates multiple professional development opportunities each year for K-12 educators, including Project Citizen curriculum support, the Greater Lafayette Holocaust Remembrance Educator Workshop, and the Ackerman Summer Institute. The Ackerman Center is also proud to coordinate the celebration of Constitution Day for Purdue University and support the Corporate Citizenship and Ethics speaker series.

James F. Ackerman

james-ackermanIn 1994, James F. Ackerman gave a generous gift to the School of Education at Purdue University to endow the Ackerman Center for Democratic Citizenship.  Mr. Ackerman was committed to improving participation in our democratic society and wanted to fund a Center that would promote civics, economics, and ethics.

Jim Ackerman was a resident of Indianapolis, an active member of the business community, and a philanthropist supporting causes such as Muscular Dystrophy and numerous others. Jim was a Purdue graduate (in Agricultural Economics) and maintained close ties to the University, also giving a large gift to help fund the Ackerman Hills Golf Course at Purdue.

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Contact the Ackerman Center at (765) 494-4755 or by email at amurphyk@purdue.edu.

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