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Our annual national conference is like no other civic gathering in America. Hundreds of changemakers, activists, and catalysts show up to learn about power, build their networks, and recharge their sense of purpose. They come from across the country, the political spectrum, and a wide range of domains — from immigrant rights to national service, voting reform to veteran re-integration, civic education to arts and tech. They are you.

Our theme this year is Citizen Power, particularly in the shadow of Ferguson and Staten Island, and the 50th anniversary of so much of the Civil Rights Movement. This is a time when citizens are solving problems in new ways, bypassing broken institutions, stale ideologies, and polarized politics. We are part of a movement to rekindle citizenship in America. We hope you’ll join us!

Citizen University 2013


Friday, March 20

5:30p         Check-In, Reception
6:30-9p     Opening Session
Keynote:    Ai-jen Poo, The Age of Dignity
Panel:        Dignity and Economic Justice with Ai-jen Poo, Carmen Rojas, Susie Young, Silvia Gonzalaes, moderated by Courtney Martin
Panel:        Ferguson and Beyond with Bukky Gbadegesin, Waylon McDonald, Reuben Riggs-Bookman, moderated by Eric Liu

Saturday, March 21

8a            Conference Check-In
8:30a      Conference Opening with Eric Liu. Plenary Talks by Danielle Allen, Matt Kibbe, Alison Holcomb
10:40a     Breakout Sessions with Danielle Allen, Matt Kibbe, Alison Holcomb
12p          Lunch
1:20p       Plenary Talks by Shannon Watts, Mauricio Lim Miller, Nick Hanauer
3p            Breakout Sessions with Shannon Watts, Mauricio Lim Miller, Nick Hanauer, Lynn Novick, Ruthie Ackerman
4:20p       Plenary Session with Claudia Rankine, Robert Schenkkan
5p            Conference Closing with Pastor Patrinell Wright
5:30p       Reception, Book Signing
6:30p       Conference ends

Times and speakers subject to change. 


Beautiful Seattle Center


Thank You

Thanks to our sponsors


Register by Jan. 31

Register today with our January Discount and save $50 off a regular priced registration. Price increases February 1, 2015.

  • Students, seniors, veterans and those in public service can register for $75.
  • Refund Policy: Jan.1 – Feb. 28 – Registrations are refundable at 50%. After March 1: Registrations are NOT refundable. You can always transfer your registration to another person at no charge, even on event day.


We have a guaranteed rate through Feb. 20 for the nights of 3/20 & 3/21 at Quality Inn & Suites Seattle Center618 John Street, Seattle, 98109.

Please book via phone at 206.728-7666 and ask for the “Citizen University Conference” rate. Standard Single Queens or Standard Double Queens: $129.00+taxes. (This is a very busy weekend in Seattle. We recommend you reserve your room ASAP)


Fly Delta to CitizenUCon15

We are pleased to announce that Delta Air Lines, Inc. is our exclusive airline partner. Receive a discount when you fly Delta to CitizenUCon15. Reservations and ticketing are available via When booking online, select Book A Trip, click on Advanced Search and enter the meeting code “NMKUG” in the box provided on the Search Flights page. Reservations may also be made by calling our Delta Meeting reservations at 800-328- 1111 Mon-Fri 7am-7pm CDT.

  • Please note that there is a direct ticketing fee for booking through the reservation number above. Fare Details Discounts applicable to U.S./ Canada originating passengers. Contract not valid with other discounts, certificates, coupons or promotional offers. Not all fares are eligible for use with this contract. Fare rules will determine eligibility.

We need Volunteers

If you are interested in volunteering before, during and after the conference please email Alex.

Questions and general inquiries? Email Ben.