The words "We the People” begin our nation’s Constitution, a powerful reminder that our government exists to represent and serve all Americans. At CU Boulder, we find it important to discuss this unifying statement and to cultivate conversations about the Constitution with the generations that will one day lead our nation.
With each new generation, we have the opportunity to enrich and further develop our understanding of the Constitution. With this in mind, each September we connect with high school students across the state to start conversations and share knowledge about the importance of the law of the land. Through the Constitution Day Project, CU Boulder Law students collaborate with Colorado high schools, where the discussions are both informative and applicable to high school students, including topics like internet privacy and individual rights. The conversations provide a space for students to grow their understanding of our nation’s foundation and to develop their own opinions.
Rick Ward, principal at Wray High School, finds the partnership valuable for his students—providing them direct access to legal scholars who can provide the complex information in an engaging way: “It really starts to develop the students into those informed citizens we would like them to become. This program teaches and introduces students to issues that are of national importance but have a tremendous impact on the small community of Wray.”