Democracy In Practice is changing the way student governments are formed and how they work, making them more diverse and representative of student bodies.
In our work, we found that critical leadership has regularly come from students who struggle with homework, making friends, or speaking in public. They worry us at first, but prove us wrong by showing up for meetings, listening to their teammates, and following through with the things they say they will do.
It always amazes us how quickly these very different students, who would not typically associate with one another, become friends.
It is important to understand that if the selected student does not take their role seriously, the group can vote them out at any time. But the point is that no one who wants to learn a skill set or take on a responsibility is written off and denied an opportunity.