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.
The latest issue (Vol. 5, No. 2) of the eJournal of Public Affairs, a collaboration between Missouri State University and AASCU’s American Democracy Project, is now live on the eJournal website: ejournal.missouristate.edu/.
This “Educating for Democracy” issue guest edited by Nancy Thomas and Jodi Benenson focuses on the need to recalibrate current approaches to civic engagement in higher education to cover political learning and student engagement with democracy. It covers a range of topics, from responsible voting to college student political activism. The Editors want to emphasize the significance for the timing of this release at the end of such a controversial election. Political learning should not be relegated to an election season – it’s year-round. By cultivating habits of political and deliberative engagement on campuses that foster a culture that supports it, students will increase their capacity for political learning, discourse, and agency. This issue concerns both representative democracy (voting, running for office), activism (protest, mobilizing others) and deliberative democracy) dialog, issue forums, and multi-publics). It poses solutions that are relevant beyond the election season, when establishing habits of political engagement are most important and effective.
The release also marks the first issue publication since the death of the eJournal’s Managing Editor, Dr. Marc Cooper. The current issue features a dedication to Dr. Cooper found under Front Matter.
Table of Contents
||Dr. Marc Cooper Dedication
|Andrew P Lokie
||Community Colleges and Educating for Democracy
|Carrie B. Kisker,
John J. Theis,
Alberto R. Olivas
For more information about the eJournal of Public Affairs and its latest issue, visit the website at Current Issue or go to Contact page for more information.
Research suggests that while college students are passionate about social issues and eager to be a part of something larger than themselves, that passion too often does not translate to voting. AASCU member campuses take seriously their commitment – as expressed through our American Democracy Project – to prepare students to be informed, engaged citizens for our democracy and have made major strides to ensure that civic learning and opportunities for meaningful community engagement are pervasive, but there is still a real need for increased student democratic engagement.
That is why the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge was created – to facilitate and accelerate student engagement in our electoral processes and civic life. This national, non-partisan initiative recognizes campuses for their commitment to improving democratic engagement, increasing student voter participation rates, and graduating students with a lifelong commitment to being informed and active citizens. AASCU and our American Democracy Project are proud to support this important effort and excited that many campuses have already signed up!
If your campus has already joined the ALL IN Challenge (view list here), congratulations on being ALL IN! If not, AASCU and Zaneeta Daver, director of the ALL IN Challenge, invite you to learn more at allinchallenge.org or during one of the webinars that will be hosted in the next few weeks. The webinars will discuss the initiative’s background, purpose, and why it’s important for your campus to participate. Webinar participants will learn how to sign up for the challenge, as well how to complete the action steps involved in the commitment. There will also be an opportunity for Q&A. Registration to participate in a webinar is available online and webinars are held weekly. You’ll find responses to FAQ here.
We hope that you will consider participating in this important endeavor and ask that you please share this information with the appropriate administrators on your campus. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Jen at email@example.com or Zaneeta via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 202-930-5502.
By Richard Connelly, AASCU civic engagement intern, Stockton University
The spring 2016 edition of AASCU’s Public Purpose magazine features a story on “Developing an Active Citizenry Through Student Political Engagement” by Michelle R. Davis (pp. 6-9).
This article speaks to the hurdles that institutions of higher education are struggling with as they expand their civic learning and democratic engagement efforts. Newly available voter turnout data produced by the National Study of Learning, Voting and Engagement (NSLVE) and behavioral science research done by ideas42 provide insights on how to better implement civic activity on campuses.
The work of AASCU/ADP institutions such as the University of Houston-Downtown, Indiana State University, and the University of South Carolina Upstate are highlighted as leading examples of campuses cultivating climates for non-partisan student political engagement. Engaging students in quality discussions around issues and creating a more cohesive and connected campus climate which celebrates diversity in race, age, and experience all seem to contribute to a campus culture of democratic engagement.
Download a free copy of the article here (pdf).
Leveraging New Technology to Facilitate Campus Civic Engagement
An AASCU/TurboVote Webinar
June 16, 2016
1 p.m. – 2 p.m. ET
Please join AASCU for a webinar on Leveraging New Technology to Facilitate Campus Civic Engagement on Thursday, June 16, 2016, at 1 pm Eastern. During the program, representatives from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and our sponsor TurboVote, will share strategies for how government relations professionals can be advocates for civic engagement work on campus and help coordinate campus groups into a single engagement campaign.
Increasingly complex state voter requirements have presented new challenges for campus civic engagement efforts leading up to the fall election. The changing electoral landscape requires new strategies and technology to help facilitate the engagement of students and other campus constituencies in the political process.
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and University of North Carolina at Charlotte are navigating the state’s new voter requirements with help from TurboVote, a non-profit, non-partisan voter registration and engagement platform and an AASCU government relations program partner. The universities educated students and others about the state’s new voter laws and informed them of key issues in the March 15 presidential primary ballot, including a $2 billion bond measure with significant new investments in the state’s higher education infrastructure. The webinar will highlight this work in North Carolina while providing tips on how government relations professionals can:
- Highlight internal and external collaborative efforts on campus to increase voter engagement on campus
- Include higher education issues in campus civic engagement efforts
- Leverage technology to help reach students and engage them in an increasingly complex voting process
- Tamara Johnson, Research Associate for Academic Planning and Analysis, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
- Kristina Snader, Assistant Director of Community Engagement, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
- Matthew Tharp, Partner Support Lead, TurboVote
If you have any questions, please contact Thomas Harnisch, AASCU Director of State Relations and Policy Analysis, at email@example.com or 202.478.4660.