By Stephanie R. South, TDC National Coordinator

As President Obama prepares to deliver the 2015 State of the Union address on Tuesday (1/20), we are excited to announce that The Democracy Commitment will be continuing our tradition of engaging our students in a non-partisan discussion regarding the state of our democracy via Twitter. However, this year, in addition to a Tweet-Up, we will be live-streaming a student and Millennial-focused viewing event accessible from anywhere in the country and adding a polling component.

The Democracy Commitment has partnered with the American Democracy ProjectNASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, GVH Live, iCitizen, and the School of Communication at Illinois State University to provide comprehensive, exclusive, and interactive State of Union coverage on January 20th from the GVH Live event studio in Arlington, VA. This event will take place from 7 p.m. EST until 11 p.m. EST.

There are multiple ways to participate:

  • Tweet-Up:
    Throughout the event we will be participating in a social media conversation using the hashtag #iSOTU. To enhance engagement, please tweet at us (@TDCNational, @ADPaascu, @NASPAtweets, @GVHLive, @iCitizen, @ISUSOC_SMACC) using this hashtag. Illinois State University’s Social Media Analytics Command Center (SMACC) will provide analysis of our Twitter stream as well as of public conversations from social media outlets, popular discussion forums, and major blogs
  • Live-Stream:
    Available for free, coverage will be streamed live on the website and will include (in addition to the speech itself) podcasts, panel discussions by field experts and college students from ADP/TDC and NASPA campuses, live interviews by GVH correspondents, and real-time polling of thousands of participants provided by iCitizen through its interactive mobile app.
  • Polling:
    iCitizen will be conducting real-time polling through out the event to determine to gauge and analyze the opinions of Millennials from all over America. To participate in iCitizen’s live polling you will need to download their free mobile app here. Note: If you are a college student we recommend that you register with iCitizen using your college email address.

  • Show Up:
    If you are a student in the Washington, DC, Virginia, and Maryland region and would like to attend our screening in-person please visit our Eventbrite page here to receive your free ticket.

Please take a minute to share this widely with students, faculty members, administrators, and others whom might be interested in participating in this event.


ADP State of the Union Watch Event and Tweet-Up

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. EST

Twitter, GVHLive Website, iCitizen App, In-Person


Posted in TDC Events on Jan 15, 2015