Skip to content

Posts tagged ‘Campus Spotlight’

ADP Campuses in the News | April 2016 Edition

ADP Campuses in the News | April 2016 Edition

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.

California University of Pennsylvania: Alan Abramowitz, a political scientist at Emory University in Atlanta, made a point during a discussion of the 2016 presidential election at an event sponsored by ADP at Cal U. He believes this year’s contest will be similar to those in 2012 or 2004 – that two candidates will end up separated in the popular vote by about three or four points, and the Electoral College tally will hinge on the results in swing states like Ohio, Florida and Virginia.

Fort Hays State University (Kan.): Anna Hand, an Ellsworth senior majoring in political science at Fort Hays State University, is a recipient of the 2016 Newman Civic Fellows Award, which honors the late Frank Newman, one of Campus Compact’s founders.  She has worked with the American Democracy Project and presidential campaigns. She has dedicated a lot of her time to get-out-the-vote efforts, which informs people on how to vote and when elections happen. To read more about Anna Hand and the award, click here.

Georgia College: Dillon Johnstone is a Truman Scholar finalist. The Texas native served in the Army for five and a half years and is currently still in the Reserves and has always thought of his community first. Johnstone was nominated by Anna Whiteside, who attended the community forum on the proposed unification of Milledgeville and Baldwin County which Johnstone helped organize; the event was sponsored by the American Democracy Project.

Indiana State University: Students like Michael Shepard are working on an effort to register new voters in a demographic group that will be crucial to Indiana’s primary elections on May 3. Signing up students to vote is a key first step, said Indiana State University political scientist Carly Schmitt, who oversees the university’s American Democracy Project and over the past few weeks has registered 500 new voters on campus. To learn more how students are registering, click here.

ISU’s American Democracy Project , asked the Election Board to allow ISU to serve as an early-voting site and voting center for the upcoming May 3 Indiana primary and the Nov. 8 general election. With university president Dan Bradley presenting the idea, the college offered to provide the necessary voting equipment and  free parking to a university  that has more than 13,500 students attend the university and another 1,500 people work there. To learn more about the story, click here.

Indiana University South Bend (Ind.): The League of Women Voters of the South Bend Area has published its nonpartisan 2016 Primary Election guide, www.VOTE411.org, a one-stop shop for election information on key races for St. Joseph County voters at all levels, including president, Congress, county council, commissioner, surveyor, treasurer and recorder.

University of Nebraska at Kearney: University of Nebraska at Kearney students presented their civic engagement projects during UNK Talks on April 6, 2016. Organized by the UNK American Democracy Project, UNK Talks were inspired by TED Talks. Five students presented their projects for 8 to 12 minutes in front of a panel of judges. To learn more about the presenters and the winner, click here.

ADP/TDC Economic Inequality Initiative: Stockton University Launch

Stockton University (N.J.) held their kick-off event for their Economic Inequality Initiative on September 28, 2015. Co-chairs of the initiative Carra Hood, assistant provost for Programs & Planning and associate professor of Writing, and Oliver Cooke, associate professor of Economics, hosted the event, which explored economic inequality in a national, regional and local context. A panel of faculty and staff members discussed local and regional contexts of economic inequality.

“These initiatives are only valuable if they generate broad-based awareness and participation. The intent is to engage everyone across the disciplines,” Cooke continued.

For more information, resources and upcoming events for the Stockton Economic Inequality Initiative, click here. To read the team’s blog, which discusses economic and other forms of inequality, click here.

Economic Inequality Initiative: Student Summit planned for March 2016

The Keene State College (N.H.) American Democracy Project (ADP) in partnership with Mount Wachusett Community College (Mass.) are planning a two-day regional Student Public Policy Summit on March 4th and 5th, 2016 focused on funding for Higher Education. This summit grows out of our work with on the ADP/TDC initiative on Economic Inequality.

As currently planned, the summit would incorporate educational opportunities through keynote speakers — including Tamara Draut — and program sessions, networking with faculty/staff and students from the Northeast, and experiential learning through participation in Congressional-style debate and engagement in “action” after the summit.

The first day of the summit will focus on providing students with opportunities to become acquainted with their peers, gain knowledge regarding the history and current issues involved in funding for public higher education as well as the functions, processes and procedures of Congress. Students will be provided with information to support role playing as an actual member of Congress in the weeks preceding the summit to model the current elected government representative political ideological perspectives.

Day two will engage students in a mock legislative session, beginning with the presentation of a bill regarding funding for higher education, followed by a time to caucus with their ideological colleagues leading into a congressional debate.  Debate will resume after lunch and the day will close with voting on the proposed and perhaps amended legislation.  A keynote speaker will bring the event to a close and help students process their experiences.

The following day, students will be invited to attend a session debriefing their experiences to assist in refining a model that will be shared with ADP/TDC institutions across the country in the hopes of encouraging similar regional summits throughout the 2016-2017 academic year and ending in a culminating event at the 2017 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement meeting sponsored by ADP/TDC/NASPA in Baltimore.

Save the date and contact Kim Schmidl-Gagne, Program Coordinator at Keene State College at kgagne@keene.edu for more information.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 263 other followers

%d bloggers like this: