JCSU and the DNC

JCSU and the DNC: Week in Review

Johnson C. Smith University sits on the highest point in Charlotte, and over the course of the Democratic National Convention, this new urban University sparkled brilliantly across the cityscape as one of the Queen City’s brightest jewels.

National Democratic Institute

As part of our involvement in activities surrounding the Democratic National Convention, Johnson C. Smith University hosted a number of former international diplomats visiting the Queen City during the convention on September 3.


On September 4, 2012, Johnson C. Smith University and the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Institute hosted an interactive forum titled “UFUTURE - A Summit for Innovative Young Thinkers.”

National Journal Youth Town Hall

JCSU participated in “Conversations with the Next Generation,” a town hall presented by National JournalThe Atlantic, and Microsoft Corporation at Charlotte’s Discovery Place museum on September 5. 

American Genius at the DNC

JCSU created a video that ran in uptown hotels welcoming visitors to the city and letting them know more about our local political leaders. 

JCSU featured on WUNC radio during DNC

Build awareness, engage students and realize that youth approach this election year from a personal level. These are just a few of the observations shared about the youth vote during the public radio show “The State of Things,” which aired on WUNC radio and other public radio stations across North Carolina on Sept. 5.

President's Newsletter

The President's Newsletter concerning the 2012 DNC has information about JCSU’s involvement in the DNC leading up to the Presidential elections.

President's Newsletter [.pdf]

Political Lyceum

In preparing for the the 2012 DNC JCSU hosted a politically-themed Lyceum series showcasing Pulitzer Prize-winning columnists, artists, scholars and local media and political figures to show the world of politics beyond the gates of JCSU.


This project was launched in an effort to provide students, alumni and the residents of the West Charlotte community an online platform to discuss issues and experiences that matter to them. It is hoped that the entire community can work together to improve the democratic process and civic engagement with the sharing of the stories. 

UFuture Announcement

Johnson C. Smith University is proud to announce we will act as host to a event titled “UFuture - A Summit for Innovative Young Thinkers.” The event will be streamed live from 10 a.m. to noon on Sept. 4 at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C. during the Democratic National Convention and will allow students and educators from area colleges and universities will interact with some of the nation’s most influential political leaders.