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    AASCU’s American Democracy Project partnered with our community college colleagues in The Democracy Commitment on a year-long Engage the Election 2016 initiative powered by icitizen, a leading civic engagement app. Together we launched this initiative on January 12, 2016 with a State of the Union event. This initiative was comprised of a series of comprehensive nonpartisan activities from the State of the Union through the inauguration of our next U.S. president, including a series of webinars focused on various aspects of political engagement, a political engagement pre-conference institute at the 2016 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting, and a series of presidential debate watches with live tweet-ups using #iDebate16. 


    In order to offer a robust and comprehensive engage the election program, ADP/TDC hosted a series of political engagement-focused webinars to keep campuses engaged throughout the year. Topics included: voter registration best practices; voting rights; research on youth electoral engagement; informed voting; creating a campus culture for political engagement; and political engagement beyond elections. This webinar series was open to faculty, staff, and students on our participating campuses as well as to the audiences of our partner organizations. Webinars were recorded and archived whenever possible and links to recordings are included below.

    Webinar #1 | Becoming a Voter-Friendly Campus | Wednesday, March 2, 2016      
    Offered in partnership with The  Fair Elections Legal Network’s  Campus Vote Project (CVP), this webinar will introduce participants to the  Students Learn, Students Vote Checklist and seek early adopters to be part of an inaugural class of higher education institutions undertaking these efforts to foster more voter-friendly campuses. CVP will discuss promising practices from previous experiences with student electoral engagement, identify resources and materials to help campuses plan, execute, and evaluate their efforts, and create a system to enroll and support campuses in this program. We encourage you to participate in this webinar and to consider how your campus can become more voter-friendly!

    • Speaker: Mike Burns, National Director, Campus Vote Project
    • When: Wednesday, March 2, 2016 from 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. EST
    • Recording of webinar is available here. (Time: 00:58:00)

    Webinar #2 | National Study of Learning, Voting & Engagement (NSLVE) | Wednesday, March 30, 2016       
    College students are turning out to support candidates at record numbers this year, but will they stay interested? In this webinar, researchers from Tufts University’s Institute for Democracy and Higher Education will share findings from the National Study of Learning, Voting and Engagement (NSLVE), a study of voting rates at the student and institutional level. More than 800 colleges and universities nationwide are participating in NSLVE, including 189 ADP/TDC institutions. In this webinar, participants will learn not only data relevent to their campuses but also preliminary findings from visits to campuses with high levels of political and electoral engagement. Join this session to learn more about NSLVE and how to participate, how to leverage your campus report and how to increase political learning at your institution. NSLVE is a free tool available to all U.S. colleges and universities. It is not a survey! To receive your student voting rates, you must submit an authorization form by April 15th. For additional information on joining the study, visit the NSLVE website: http://activecitizen.tufts.edu/join-nslve/.  

    • Speakers: Nancy Thomas, Director, Institute for Democracy & Higher Education and Ishara Casellas Connors, Associate Director, Institute for Democracy & Higher Education
    • When:  Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. EST
    • Recording of webinar is available here. (Time: 01:06:46)

    Webinar #3 | “Demystifying Youth Voting – Why Some Young People Vote and Some Don't” | Wednesday, April 27, 2016       
    In this webinar, CIRCLE’s Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg and Abby Kiesa will present research that will help the audience learn more about youth voting trends, particularly focusing on the 2016 election, what research tells us about why young people do or don’t vote, and what barriers, if any, young voters face at the polls.  The presenters will also facilitate a discussion about some promising practices on how to engage college students to get mobilized and mobilize others.  Some of the practices will go outside of the college campuses, for example, by connecting college students with high schools.  Audience participation is highly encouraged, both through questions and sharing ideas.  

    • Speaker: Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, Director from CIRCLE & Abby Kiesa, Youth Coordinator & Researcher from CIRCLE
    • When: Wednesday, April 27, 2016 from 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. EST

    Webinar #4 | “Teenage Mutant Civic Hurdles: How Civic Tech Turns Students into Citizens” | Wednesday, May 18, 2016   
    In this webinar, Alex Schreiner and Mark Keida of civic tech start-up icitizen will explore the “rising tide” of powerful new engagement tools driven by technology and designed to solve this problem. These tools create a simple but powerful two-way feedback loop between students and the communities they care about, both on and off campus. Join us as we demonstrate how to create informed, engaged and empowered students—while measuring the impact higher education is having on their civic development.

    • Speaker: Mark Keida, Director of Polling from icitizen and Alex Schreiner, Partnerships and Outreach Manager from icitizen.
    • When: Wednesday, May 18, 2016 from 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. EST  

    Webinar #5 | Walk2Vote: Student Empowerment through Civic Engagement | Thursday, July 28, 2016

    Walk2Vote (http://walk2vote.com/) is a student led, student executed, non-partisan political engagement program created by students from the University of Houston-Downtown (Texas). It has grown from a local/campus-based initiative to what is now a national movement. We will discuss how to host a Walk 2 Vote campaign on your campus.

    • Speaker: John Locke, Walk2Vote Co-Founder and former Student Body President, University of Houston-Downtown
    • When: Thursday, July 28, 2016 from 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. EST
    • Recording of webinar is available here(Time: 50:22) 

    Webinar #6 | Voter Registration & Campus Technology: Engaging Student Voters by the Thousands | Wednesday, August 24, 2016

    Offered in partnership with TurboVote, this webinar will explore the research and subsequent implementation of an innovative (yet, easy!) voter engagement strategy: integrating voter registration and resources into campus IT infrastructure. The TurboVote team and their campus partners will share success stories and their personal experiences with engaging the necessary stakeholders and turning web-based student portals and pass-throughs into “online voter registration tables.” Just in time for this fall’s election, we invite you to join us in raising the voter engagement bar and institutionalizing your registration efforts so voting can fit the way students live.

    • Speakers:  Emily Giffin, TurboVote Partner Support Lead; Renee Bricker, Associate Professor, University of North Georgia (ADP); John J. Theis, Director, Center For Civic Engagement, Lone Star College (Texas) (TDC); and Leah Cassellia, Director of Student Involvement, Kutztown University (Pa.)
    • When: Wednesday, August 24, 2016 | 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. EST
    • Recording of webinar is available here. (Time: 54:57)

    Webinar #7 | Graduating Students into Voters: Overcoming the Psychological Barriers Faced by Student Voters and Improving Student Voting Rates Using Insights from the Behavioral Sciences
    How do students decide to vote? And why do some students fail to cast a ballot even though they intend to on Election Day? More importantly, can we design programs to overcome barriers to student voting with simple, scalable innovations? In this webinar the behavioral design lab, ideas42, will review major findings from their new research on how insights from the behavioral sciences – including the fields of psychology and behavioral economics – can shed light on both the internal psychological forces (like a feeling that voting isn’t for me) and seemingly small external hassles (like not having a stamp to mail a voter registration form) that impact student voting. Participants will learn about the role of identity and social norms, the effect of being a first-time voter, and the impact of psychological distance on voting behavior. Participants will also walk away with more than 30 actionable tips and tricks that can be easily integrated to on-campus programs to improve their efficacy. Armed with these tips and tricks, we believe colleges and universities can more successfully execute on their mission to educate civically engaged youth. 

    Read the report here

    • Speakers:  Jessica Leifer, Senior Associate, and DJ Neri, Associate, at ideas42.
    • When: Wednesday, September 7, 2016 | 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. EST
    • Recording of webinar is available here.

    Webinar #8| Text, Talk, Vote!
    Text, Talk, Vote
     uses a text-based platform to facilitate in-person conversations about voting with a small group of young people (3-4 per group). The group receives and discusses prompts delivered by text, interacting with each other and moving through the program at their own pace. The free program creates meaningful conversations about politics and policy, elevates the voices of younger voters, and increases civic participation and turnout. After using the platform, participants identifying as "definitely going to vote" rises by 21%. Participants not only enjoy the program and have a great time, but also feel more informed and report learning something new from their peers. Try Text, Talk, Vote right now by texting in "Vote" to 42016. You can use this free, open platform whenever you want. 

    • Speakers: Taylor Share, Project Executive and Jeffrey Knighton, National Field Organizer with Text, Talk, Vote at the National Institute of Civil Discourse
    • When: Wednesday, September 14, 2016 | 2 p.m. EST

    Webinar #9| Is your campus ALL IN? Join the Challenge to Increase Democratic Engagement
    Is your campus ALL IN? More than 130​ college campuses across 33 states (including 45 ADP campuses & 12 TDC campuses) have committed to improving democratic engagement by joining the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge. The challenge is a national, nonpartisan initiative recognizing campuses for increasing democratic engagement and student voting. Your campus is invited to a special ADP webinar to learn more about this exciting new initiative. During the webinar, participants will: learn about the background of the ALL IN Challenge and why it is important for campuses to join; understand who can join, and how to join; and be introduced to the steps involved after committing as well as the opportunity for recognition and awards.

    • Speaker: Cat Fish, Associate Director of Civic Engagement, Civic Nation
    • When: Wednesday, September 21, 2016 | 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. EST


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