Engage the Election 2016 Webinar Series
TDC and ADP present a series of political engagement-focused webinars to keep campuses engaged throughout the year. Topics include: voter registration best practices, voting rights, research on youth electoral engagement, informed voting, creating a campus culture for political engagement, and political engagement beyond elections. This webinar series is open to faculty, staff, and students on our participating campuses as well as to the audiences of our partner organizations. Webinars are recorded and archived for those who are unable to participate in the live events.
Webinar #1 | Becoming a Voter-Friendly Campus | Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Offered in partnership with The Fair Elections Legal Network’s Campus Vote Project (CVP), this webinar will introduce participants to the Students Learn, Students Vote Checklist and seek early adopters to be part of an inaugural class of higher education institutions undertaking these efforts to foster more voter-friendly campuses. CVP will discuss promising practices from previous experiences with student electoral engagement, identify resources and materials to help campuses plan, execute, and evaluate their efforts, and create a system to enroll and support campuses in this program. We encourage you to participate in this webinar and to consider how your campus can become more voter-friendly!
- Speaker: Mike Burns, National Director, Campus Vote Project
- When: Wednesday, March 2, 2016 from 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. EST
- Recording of webinar is available here. (Time: 00:58:00)
Webinar #2 | National Study of Learning, Voting & Engagement (NSLVE) | Wednesday, March 30, 2016
College students are turning out to support candidates at record numbers this year, but will they stay interested? In this webinar, researchers from Tufts University’s Institute for Democracy and Higher Education will share findings from the National Study of Learning, Voting and Engagement (NSLVE), a study of voting rates at the student and institutional level. More than 800 colleges and universities nationwide are participating in NSLVE, including 189 ADP/TDC institutions. In this webinar, participants will learn not only data relevent to their campuses but also preliminary findings from visits to campuses with high levels of political and electoral engagement. Join this session to learn more about NSLVE and how to participate, how to leverage your campus report and how to increase political learning at your institution. NSLVE is a free tool available to all U.S. colleges and universities. It is not a survey! To receive your student voting rates, you must submit an authorization form by April 15th. For additional information on joining the study, visit the NSLVE website: http://activecitizen.tufts.edu/join-nslve/.
- Speakers: Nancy Thomas, Director, Institute for Democracy & Higher Education and Ishara Casellas Connors, Associate Director, Institute for Democracy & Higher Education
- When: Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. EST
- Recording of webinar is available here. (Time: 01:06:46)
Webinar #3 | “Demystifying Youth Voting – Why Some Young People Vote and Some Don’t” | Wednesday, April 27, 2016
In this webinar, CIRCLE’s Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg and Abby Kiesa will present research that will help the audience learn more about youth voting trends, particularly focusing on the 2016 election, what research tells us about why young people do or don’t vote, and what barriers, if any, young voters face at the polls. The presenters will also facilitate a discussion about some promising practices on how to engage college students to get mobilized and mobilize others. Some of the practices will go outside of the college campuses, for example, by connecting college students with high schools. Audience participation is highly encouraged, both through questions and sharing ideas.
- Speaker: Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, Director from CIRCLE & Abby Kiesa, Youth Coordinator & Researcher from CIRCLE
- When: Wednesday, April 27, 2016 from 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. EST
- Recording of webinar is available here. (Time: 01:30:33)
Webinar #4 | “Teenage Mutant Civic Hurdles: How Civic Tech Turns Students into Citizens” | Wednesday, May 18, 2016
In this webinar, Alex Schreiner and Mark Keida of civic tech start-up icitizen will explore the “rising tide” of powerful new engagement tools driven by technology and designed to solve this problem. These tools create a simple but powerful two-way feedback loop between students and the communities they care about, both on and off campus. Join us as we demonstrate how to create informed, engaged and empowered students—while measuring the impact higher education is having on their civic development.
- Speaker: Mark Keida, Director of Polling from icitizen and Alex Schreiner, Partnerships and Outreach Manager from icitizen.
- When: Wednesday, May 18, 2016 from 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. EST
- Recording of the webinar is unavailable but materials are forthcoming.