Practicing Democracy: Voter Education and Engagement on Campus

Join AASCU’s American Democracy Project in helping our campuses prepare students and communities to participate in the 2024 local, state, and national elections. 

Middle Tennessee State University Students get out the vote.
Students at Middle Tennessee State University get out the vote.

Join us for a series of virtual workshops and regional summits to help our campuses prepare for local, state, and national elections.

This election season promises to be one of the most contentious in American history. The divisions that are apparent in our communities and regions will be played out on our campuses. As “stewards of place,” AASCU campuses are vital sites for building a vibrant and healthy democracy, preparing students to be informed and engaged citizens and modeling for our communities free and open debate on difficult issues.

Throughout the spring 2024 term, AASCU’s American Democracy Project will convene a series of virtual education and engagement workshops as well as regional summits designed to engage faculty, staff, and administrators at AASCU campuses on topics related to voter education, engagement, and turnout.

This non-partisan initiative aims to encourage conversation, demonstrate best practices, and provide critical resources so that our campuses can build capacity and a campus culture that encourages engagement in building a strong democracy.

American Democracy Project

Who should attend?

  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Administrators
  • Librarians

How will you benefit?

  • Develop support systems and gain access to resources for voter education and voter engagement
  • Integrate and apply voter education into learning settings across multiple disciplines
  • Review, validate, build, implement, and assess voter engagement plans for campuses
  • Connect to colleagues to build a campus culture that fosters voter engagement

Register for sessions that would enhance
and
assist your work.

Practicing Democracy – February

Feb. 12-26, 2024

Online Workshops

Convening

Register today.
Practicing Democracy – March

Mar. 4-22, 2024

Online Workshops & Summits

Convening

Register today.
Practicing Democracy – April

Apr. 5-26, 2024

Online Workshops & Summits

Convening

Register today.

Voter Education Workshops

Voter education is defined as building knowledge, civic skills, and democratic values. Sessions include best practices to build knowledge, skills, and democratic values, informational overviews, resource spotlights, and trainings designed to incorporate civics into curriculum and co-curriculum. They are designed for faculty and staff who wish to incorporate information literacy, deliberative dialogues, and issue-based discussions into their campus during fall 2024.

February

Plan for voter engagement and support information literacy and free speech on campus.

  • Combating Mis- and Disinformation
  • Loki’s Loop: Gamification of Information Literacy
  • Free Speech on Campus
More information and register.
March

Explore ways to cope with political polarization and enhance well-being on campus.

  • Reducing Political Extremism on Campus
  • How to Incorporate a Political Diagnostic in Your Work
  • Integrating Civic Awareness Across Disciplines
More information and register.
April

Build campus-community ties and integrate voter education in your classroom.

  • Exploring the Impact of Political Ideology on Hot Topics
  • Including Deliberative Dialogues in the Classroom
  • Artificial Intelligence and the Election
  • Ideas for Incorporating Voter Issues Into the Classroom
More information and register.

Voter Engagement Workshops

Voter engagement encourages and supports peaceful and meaningful participation in elections within our communities. Sessions include strategies for building, implementing, and assessing campus voting plans and; understanding legislation about voting on campuses. They are designed for campus leaders who support student and community voting.

February

Plan for voter engagement and support information literacy and free speech on campus.

  • Strategies for Building a Campus Voter Initiative
  • Show Me the Money: Funding Voter Initiatives on Campus
  • Using National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE) Data to Assess Student Engagement in Democracy
More information and register.
March

Explore ways to cope with political polarization and enhance well-being on campus.

  • Know Your Ballot
  • Assessing Learning Outcomes for Student Civic Fellowships
  • Physical and Mental Health During Election Years
More information and register.
April

Build campus-community ties and integrate voter education in your classroom.

  • Organizing Community Dialogues
  • Developing Engaged Students
  • Strengthening Campus-Community Voting Initiatives
More information and register.

Summits

Summits focus on region-specific or affinity-specific concerns, issues, and debates. They are designed for faculty, staff and administrators to discuss common challenges, explore opportunities to collaborate on voting issue guides, and share resources and best practices, specific to their region.

Summits will be arranged in March and April dependent on interest and topic. 

Register your interest.

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