The Campus Election Engagement Project has created a set of nonpartisan resources that may be useful to your campus curricular and co-curricular program efforts:
- HOW CAMPUSES CAN TALK ABOUT THE PROPOSED FEDERAL BUDGET
With President Trump’s proposed budget touching every aspect of American life, Campus Election Engagement Project has pulled together a nonpartisan resource on ways campuses can use this teachable moment to bring discussion of the budget’s implications into classes throughout the curriculum, and to distribute it in other ways. CEEP has included framing questions, links to key summaries, and examples of how different disciplines can weave it into the curriculum. Given how much the budget affects every community in America, CEEP hopes you’ll distribute it as widely as possible to Deans, Department Chairs, your faculty Senate chair, and faculty in general. You can also distribute it to the campus newspaper, and to student affairs staffers who might be able to arrange community discussions or discussions in dorms. Here’s a PDF version as well as this link to the version on the website.
- THE GORSUCH SUPREME COURT NOMINATION: A NONPARTISAN GUIDE
With the hearings on Judge Gorsuch’s Supreme Court nomination underway, CEEP created an updated nonpartisan guide based on his parallels with Justice Scalia. Please circulate to anyone who could use it in classrooms or other campus discussions, or anyone who’d be interested off-campus. You’ll find a mobile-friendly version here and printable PDF link here.
- WHAT IS AN EXECUTIVE ORDER? GUIDE
Give the number of executive orders released recently and the controversy and legal actions surrounding some, you may find the CEEP/Rock The Vote guide on presidential executive orders useful. You’ll find updated version here.
We are excited to share that our colleagues at NASPA and the Campus Vote Project (CVP) announced their first inaugural class of Voter Friendly Campus Designees.
The Voter Friendly Campus Designation was developed in 2016 after the Fair Elections Legal Network’s Campus Vote Project partnered with NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education to support and recognize two-year and four-year, public and private institutions of higher education throughout the United States to engage college students by promoting voter registration and voting.
Campuses were evaluated on student voter engagement plans for the fall 2016 election, implementation of the plan and the results of their efforts. After careful evaluation, 83 campuses in 23 states were awarded the “Voter Friendly Campus” designation. Of those 83 campuses, 24 campuses are ADP campuses. This recognition will be effective from 2017-2018.
We are proud to endorse such an amazing project. We extend our congratulations to our colleagues at Campus Vote Project and NASPA as well as to all the designated campuses, especially the 24 ADP campuses:
- California State University, Chico
- California University of Pennsylvania
- East Carolina University
- Florida International University
- Fort Hays State University
- James Madison University
- Kennesaw State University
- Northeastern Illinois University
- SUNY College at Brockport
- SUNY Geneseo
- Texas A&M University – Central Texas
- Towson University
- The College of New Jersey
- University of Alaska Anchorage
- University of Central Florida
- University of Central Oklahoma
- University of North Carolina at Charlotte
- University of North Carolina at Greensboro
- University of North Carolina at Pembroke
- Weber State University
- West Chester University of Pennsylvania
- Western Carolina University
- Winona State University
- Winthrop University
ADP in the News is a compilation of brief updates about American Democracy Project (ADP) activities at participating colleges and universities and is a semi-regular news feature on our blog. Below you will find the latest edition of this series.
If you have an ADP event you’d like posted in this format, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
IUSB’s ADP hosts Forums Designed to Help Identify ‘Fake News’
IUSB’s ADP along with St. Joseph County Public Library is hosting a Civic Leadership Academy over six consecutive Wednesdays starting March 22nd. Events are free and open to the public and speakers will include academics, political advisers, journalists, activists and politicians. Find more information, including specific topics here.
Georgia College ADP Events
Every Wednesday at noon, the Georgia College ADP organizes a Times Talk and the fist one of every month focuses on issues of diversity, equality and inclusion. On March 15, the talk is: Africa, Europe and Genocide: The German Genocide in Namibia and the Case for Reparations” facilitated by Dr. Aran MacKinnon and hosted by Dr. Jan Hoffman-Clark. The source article is “Germany Grapples With Its African Genocide,” and the link can be found here. Join the conversation via Twitter using #gctimestalk. Learn more here.
“How to Become an Engaged Citizen” was a brown bag discussion in the campus Black Box Theatre on Feb. 21, 2017 led by guest speakers: Dr. Jan Clark, associate professor of rhetoric; Dr. Stephanie McClure, professor of sociology and Andrew Robinson, president of the American Democracy Project at Georgia College. The discussion contextualized the Theatre and Dance Department production of “Green Day’s American Idiot.” Learn more here.
UNK Students Present Civic Projects
University of Nebraska at Kearney students will present their civic engagement projects during UNK Talks in early April. UNK Talks are organized by UNK ADP and are inspired by TED Talks. Learn more here.
AP Quotes MTSU ADP Campus Coordinator and Former Student
Middle Tennessee State University’s ADP Campus Coordinator Mary Evins and former student Brendon Holloway are quoted in an ADP News Brief on “As incivicliy hits new depths, many are working to combat it.” Read more here and here.
Illinois State University’s ADP Talk focuses on Power of Protest
A March 8th talk by Patrice McMahon focused on the power of protests and movement building. McMahon is an assistant professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and presented “The Power of Partnerships: Transnational Organizations and Global Women’s Empowerment.” Learn more here.
Ferris State ADP’s Political Engagement Project: “From Russia, with Love”
A “Trump and Putin: A Permanent Reset in U.S. – Russian Relations” event was part of the Political Engagement Project’s “Passion for the Past” series and was hosted Tuesday, Feb. 21. Elena Gavrilova and Olga Zinnurova, who are professors at Kazan Federal University, joined Ferris history professors Tracy Busch and Christian Peterson in the panel. The Russian guests had their thoughts translated by Ferris adjunct English professor Lilia Caserta. Learn more here.
University of North Georgia’s ADP hosted Multi-Campus Discussion of Trump Presidency
“President Donald Trump has shown himself to have “thin skin” and be more conservative than Ronald Reagan early on in his presidency. Those were just some of the observations tossed out Monday at the University of North Georgia’s multicampus discussion of the Trump presidency one-third into its first 100 days. The Gainesville campus joined the Dahlonega and Oconee campuses in the discussion via a live video feed.” Learn more here.
University of Northern Iowa hosts the “Best of Enemies” Screening
In a screening ponsored by UNI’s ADP, the “Best of Enemies” film tells the story of Ann Atwater, a civil rights leader, and C.P. Ellis, a Klan leader in Raleigh/Durham North Carolina. They served on a desegregation committee together and although they started as enemies became friends. Learn more here.
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s ADP Hosts Campus Roundtable Conversation
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh American Democracy Project hosted a roundtable conversation to discuss ethics, politics, voting and strategies for citizen engagement. The event–called Real Issues. Real Dialogue. Real Change.–took place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 8, at Reeve Union Ballroom, Room 227BC, on the UW Oshkosh campus. Learn more here.
By Ellie Brookbank, Junior Political Science Major, Salisbury University (Md.)
My name is Ellie Brookbank and I am currently the Political Director for the Maryland College Democrats and the President of the Salisbury University College Democrats. At the start of the Maryland General Assembly’s legislative session, I also became an intern for Maryland State Senator Bobby Zirkin (D-11) who has served the Maryland assembly since 1998. Senator Zirkin, who is the Chair of the Senate Judicial Proceedings committee, recently proposed a bill (Senate Bill 141) that would require a polling place be established on all higher education campuses that house students.
As the student leader of a political organization, I am thrilled about the effect that this piece of legislation could have on increasing student voter turnout and overall civic engagement. During the past election cycle, both the Maryland State College Democrats and the Salisbury College Democrats were working to make sure that students were informed about when and how they could vote. On Salisbury’s campus specifically, both members of the College Democrats and College Republicans participated in voter registration tables in conjunction with PACE (Salisbury’s Institute for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement). From participating in many of these voter registration tables, handing out voter information at various school events, and discussing voting procedures during club meetings, I was able to get a sense of the obstacles students face when voting.
During the first hearing of Senate Bill 141 (track the bill here) in the Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee, I testified on behalf of this significant bill and also helped to organize students from all over Maryland to share both their oral and written support for this bill. During my testimony, I highlighted that absentee ballots are often the only option for students who are not able to go back home to vote, do not have the transportation to get off campus to a polling location, or are not comfortable going off campus in general. Although absentee ballots may be the only way of voting for students, many are not aware of what they are, or how to request them. Having a polling place directly on college campuses would make voting significantly more accessible for students who are living, working, and volunteering in the communities where they attend school.
Although this bill is still in committee, I am optimistic that the members of the Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee will realize the critical role this legislation could play in increasing student voter turnout. Even if Senate Bill 141 does not become law this legislative session, I hope that it will spark a discussion between Maryland students and schools about the accessibility of voting on their individual campuses.
Planning to listen to President Trump’s first address to a joint session of Congress?
Join us tonight, Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 9 p.m. EST as we live tweet this #JointSession using #ADPaddress.
When: Tuesday, February 28, 2017, at 9 p.m.
Where: The United States Capitol in the House Chamber, also known as the “Hall of the House of Representatives.”
Who: The President will address Members of both the House of Representatives and Senate in his first address to a Joint Session of Congress.
The Speech: President Trump is keeping the tradition of previous Presidents by delivering a formal address to a Joint Session of Congress during his inaugural year, and will deliver his first State of the Union address in 2018. The President will deliver his speech from the Speaker’s rostrum.
How to watch: The address will be streamed live at http://www.whitehouse.gov
How to participate: Follow along live on Twitter @WhiteHouse and @POTUS for real-time information before, during and after the speech. The speech will also be live streamed at facebook.com/WhiteHouse.