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Photo of Martin and Sylvia Sabo with students.

Who We Are

The Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship brings together two traditions of public service and citizen engagement. Martin Sabo exemplified the progressive approach and personal integrity modeled in his Lutheran upbringing and education. The Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship, is a living embodiment of these values, carrying forward Congressman Sabo’s abiding faith in the role government can play in improving the lives of citizens. The Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship also incorporates the public work theory of citizenship developed over more than twenty years by the Center for Democracy and Citizenship at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute, which moved to Augsburg in 2009. Public work has spread to more than two dozen nations in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, gaining international recognition for its practical effectiveness as a way to engage citizens in the work of democracy and its theoretical innovations in advancing the concept of citizens as co-creators of democratic societies.