Civics 101


Civics 101 is a ten-week citizens' academy designed to educate, inform, and entertain residents interested in learning more about our municipal government.  The class runs annually February through April.

Thanks for your interest in Civics 101!  Both the morning and the evening classes are FULL.  Look for 2019 sign ups in November 2018.

The free program, which is celebrating its 12th anniversary this year, is open to Davidson residents and residents of Davidson’s extra-territorial jurisdiction (ETJ) who are 18 and older. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss departmental functions and operations with town department heads, tour the fire and police departments, learn about town history from Davidson College’s archivist, and take part in a personalized question and answer session with the Board of Commissioners.  Regardless of how long you have lived in Davidson, this is a great way to familiarize yourself with the town government, meet elected officials, town staff and other residents.
2015-03-28 Civics101 Bus Tour 9am
Classes begin at town hall on Thursday, February 8, 2017 and continue through the beginning of April, meeting each Thursday. Classes also include a Saturday field trip and graduation ceremony at the April board of commissioners’ regular meeting on April 10. Participants can elect to sign up for a day session from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. or the evening session from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Participants should not expect nine weeks of lectures. Classes will require participation in discussion and activities. Acceptance into the program is on a first come, first serve basis and only 25 participants will be able to participate in each class. Residents selected must commit to attending all classes.

Applying for Civics 101- FULL

For more information about the program, please email Cristina Shaul or call her at 704-940-9602.
For the Civics 101 application, click HERE.

2018 Class Schedule

  • Daytime class meets 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. FULL
  • Evening class meets 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. FULL
Thursday, February 8, 2018
  • Session 1 – Town Manager -- Council Form of Government/Administration, Vision, Mission and Core Values
  • Location: Davidson Town Hall
Thursday, February 15, 2018
  • Session 2 – Welcome and Class Overview
  • Communications and Town History
  • Location: Davidson Town Hall
Thursday, February 22, 2018
  • Session 3 – Police Department
    Location: Davidson Town Hall
Thursday, March 1, 2018
  • Session 4 - Parks and Recreation and Public Works
    Location: Davidson Town Hall 
Thursday, March 8, 2018
  • Session 5 –Finance
    Location: Davidson Town Hall
Thursday, March 15, 2018
  • Session 6 -- Affordable Housing and general Q&A
  • Location: Davidson Town Hall
Thursday, March 22, 2018
  • Session 7 – Planning and Economic Development
  • Location: Davidson Town Hall
Saturday, March 24, 2018
  • Session 8 - Bus tour of town (9 to 10:30 a.m. or 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)
  • Location: Meet at Parks and Recreation Office at 865 South Street (at entrance of greenway)
Thursday, March 29, 2018
  • Session 9 – Meet the Board/Learn about Davidson's nonprofit organizations
  • Location: Meet at Davidson Town Hall
Thursday, April 5, 2018
  • Session 10  -- Fire Department
  • Location: Davidson Town Hall
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
  • Recognition at Davidson Board of Commissioners meeting at 6:00 p.m.