Mar. 4-22, 2024
Online Workshops

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. 


Diagnosing the issue.

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

The momentous 2024 election season will bring many challenges to AASCU campuses, and this non-partisan project 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.

Register for any sessions that would enhance and assist your work.

  • Voter Education Workshops
    March 8: Reducing Political Extremism on Campus
    March 15: How to Incorporate a Political Diagnostic in Your Work
    March 22: Integrating Civic Awareness Across Disciplines
  • Voter Engagement Workshops
    March 4: Know Your Ballot
    March 11: Assessing Learning Outcomes for Student Civic Fellowships
    March 18: Physical and Mental Health During Election Years
Other sessions in this series

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

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.

March 8, 2024 | 12-1 p.m.

Reducing Political Extremism on Campus

Explore evidence-based strategies to prevent and address supremacist rhetoric and violence, polarization, misogyny, and disinformation on campus. Led by American University’s Polarization and Extremism Research and Innovation Lab with support from the Lumina Foundation and rooted in the Building Resilient and Inclusive Communities of Knowledge Toolkit, this workshop will help expand the focus on reactive accountability toward proactive strategies to reduce the fertile ground in which harmful beliefs and behaviors take root and thrive.

March 15, 2024 | 3-4 p.m.

How to Incorporate a Political Diagnostic in Your Work

This session provides an opportunity for participants to participate in and learn about an online political ideology diagnostic and how it can be integrated in and out of the classroom. The diagnostic fosters enhanced critical thinking, and diagnostic de-briefing provides opportunities to promote political inclusiveness and explore dissonance.

March 22, 2024 | 12-1 p.m.

Integrating Civic Awareness Across Disciplines

Join us for case studies and discussion on how to incorporate civic education across the disciplines.

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.

March 4, 2024 | 3-4 p.m.

Know Your Ballot

Learn how to develop programming and materials that assists students in understanding the fall 2024 ballot format and initiatives.


Here are some helpful SAMPLE voter guides using (put in the addresses listed to see the different guides)

  • Indiana: 1617 Bartlett Ave, Evansville, IN 47711 – A good example of a three-candidate, three-party, mayoral race.
  • Florida: 735 8th St. South Naples, FL 34012 – A good example of a NONPARTISAN city council race.
  • California: 1705 Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90810 – A good example of how you can use Vote411 to educate the public about ballot measure questions.

March 11, 2024 | 3-4 p.m.

Assessing Learning Outcomes for Student Civic Fellowships

A number of organizations support undergraduate students in nonpartisan voter engagement work. How, though, can your campus assess how differing learning outcomes merge with your institutional mission and values? Allison D. Rank (SUNY Oswego) will discuss the various learning outcomes and the degree to which programming supported by off- and on-campus actors incorporate activities associated with high impact learning practices. This session will help you craft student nonpartisan voter work that is strategic for your university.

March 18, 2024 | 3-4 p.m.

Physical and Mental Health During Election Years

The American Medical Association classified voting as a social determinant of health. Explore how universities can prioritize the health of students and employees by encouraging voting.

Practicing Democracy Series Partner

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