ALL IN Challenge Webinar Series

The ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge offers complimentary webinars covering a broad range of topics to help campuses increase democratic engagement and student voting rates. National experts share knowledge and resources with participants on a monthly basis. Webinars are recorded and can be viewed at a later date and time.

July | Voter Turnout Best Practices

Date

Wednesday, July 26

Time

2:00 – 3:00  pm ET

Description

While many colleges and universities have stepped up their efforts to help students register to vote, research shows that registering a student does not ensure that they participate in an election. Colleges and universities must also make an effort to motivate students and help them get to the polls on Election Day.

 

In this webinar, the last in a three-part series, panelists will share their experiences working with campuses and making it easier for students to vote. Participants will learn about protecting their students’ voting rights, bringing poll locations to campus, and hosting creative events such as Walk2Vote and Party at the Polls.

Speakers

Debi Lombardi
National Program Director, Campus Vote Project
Fair Elections Legal Network

 

Natalie Montelongo
National Field Director
Voto Latino

 

Kathryn Quintin
Programs Associate
APIAVote

 

Andrew Wiemer
Director, Butler Center for Service and Leadership
University of Miami

August | Understanding & Using Your NSLVE Data

Date

Wednesday, August 23

Time

2:00 – 3:00 pm ET

Description

The National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE) is the first and only nonpartisan study of individual and institution-level data on college student voting. More than 1,000 campuses are participating and will receive their data from the 2016 presidential election this summer. Reports also will include comparison data from the 2012 presidential election and the 2014 midterm elections.

 

If you’re wondering what your campus should do once it receives its report, then we hope you’ll join us for this conversation. Participants will learn how to read and analyze the data to inform campus activities and programming. The results are designed to increase political engagement and to help foster a campus climate for civic learning and participation.

 

Presenters from the Institute for Democracy in Higher Education at Tufts University’s Tisch College of Civic Life will share resources and tools on how to maximize use of the data and offer advice on sharing the results across your campus.

 

Note: Participants are strongly encouraged to review their campus reports in advance of the webinar. A full list of NSLVE’s participating campuses can be viewed online. To obtain a copy of your institution’s report, please complete the online inquiry form.

Speakers

Ishara Casellas Connors
Associate Director, Institute for Democracy and Higher Education
Tufts University

September | Developing a Democratic Engagement Action Plan

Date

Monday, September 11

Time

2:00 – 3:00 pm ET

Description

In order to increase democratic engagement on on college and university campuses, planning needs to be intentional and activities must be documented. One promising way in which this can be accomplished is through action planning.  Action planning  is a process that helps campus administrators, faculty, students, and community members focus ideas and decide what steps need to be taken to achieve institutional goals related to democratic engagement. The resulting document is the action plan which states what  the goals are, and how and when they will be achieved.  The action plan serves as an organizing document  to increase efficiency and accountability, and makes the vision for change concrete.

 

In this webinar speakers will share a new set of guidelines for writing democratic engagement action plans established by the Students Learn, Students Vote Coalition. These guidelines, developed by experts, serve as set recommendations of what to include in a high quality action plan to increase student voting rates, to help students form the habits of active and informed citizenship, and to make democratic participation a core value on campus. With a strong action plan, campuses can greatly improve engagement.

Speakers

Jennifer Domagal-Goldman
National Manager, American Democracy Project
American Association of State Colleges and Universities

 

Stephanie Reynolds
Assistant Director for Knowledge Communities and CLDE
NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education

 

Verdis LeVar Robinson
National Director
The Democracy Commitment

 

Clarissa Unger
Civic Engagement Director
Young Invincibles

October | Working With Your Local Election Office

Date

Tuesday October 24

Time

2:00 – 3:00 ET

Description

Though referred to by different names in different states, all communities have local elections offices and officials. These nonpartisan organizations (i.e., election board, supervisor of elections office, election commission) and their staff are responsible for controlling elections and voting procedure. Unfortunately this local resource goes unrecognized by college campuses working to increase student voter engagement. Developing a strong relationship with the local elections office and officials is integral to this work.

 

In this webinar, speakers will share their knowledge and insights from working on college campuses, working with election boards, and now working as a government employee encouraging citizen participation. Webinar participants will learn why developing a strong relationship with their local board is important, how to develop that relationship, and how to collaborate to increase participation. The presenters will also discuss challenges campuses face when trying to work with their local board and how to navigate and overcome those obstacles.

Speakers

Marissa Corrente
Elections Coordinator – Early Voting/Special Events
Office of Bill Cowles, Orange County Supervisor of Elections

 

Kevin Winchell
Associate Director of Community Engagement
Stetson University

November | Fundamentals of Student Organizing

Date

Thursday, November 9

Time

2:00 – 3:00 pm ET

Description

Coming Soon

Speakers

Nicole Costa
Vote Everywhere Program Manager
The Andrew Goodman Foundation

 

Kevon Haughton
Vote Everywhere Program Manager
The Andrew Goodman Foundation

December | How to Make Your Campus A Polling Place

Date

Thursday, December 7

Time

2:00 – 3:00 pm ET

Description

Coming Soon

Speakers

Michael Burns
National Director, Campus Vote Project
Fair Elections Legal Network

 

Debra Lombardi
National Program Director, Campus Vote Project
Fair Elections Legal Network

ARCHIVE| Voter Registration Best Practices

Description

In order to vote in any election, students must first get registered. Unfortunately, many students find the registration process complex and confusing, and as a result, many do not follow through. But colleges and universities can help reduce barriers and facilitate registration.

 

Join this webinar and learn from experts about how your campus can reduce confusion about the process of registering, institutionalize voter registration programs, and send the message about the importance of voting. Panelists will share best practices, tools, resources, and innovative ideas that make registering to vote fun and easy.

 

Participants will learn how to promote voter registration and reduce barriers; how to help students navigate complex state rules; how to help students decide where to vote, and in what manner; and methods for registering students.

ARCHIVE | Voter Education Best Practices

Description

Registering students to vote is not enough. Students must be educated about policy issues and political candidates in order to make informed decisions when they vote. First-time voters are often unfamiliar with the ballot measures and elected positions included on their ballot. And most importantly, students need to understand how our country’s political system works.

 

In this second webinar in a three-part series, learn from experts about how to help prepare your students for Election Day. Panelists will share best practices, tools, resources, and innovative ideas that make educating students about voting easy. Participants will learn how to engage students in a nonpartisan manner, how to communicate the importance of voting, and the essential voter information for students to know before participating in an election.

ARCHIVE| Overcoming Psychological Barriers to Voter Participation

Description

To live up to the fundamentally American dictum of a government “of the people, by the people, and for the people,” all people must act to elect it. The low rate of political participation among college students threatens this tenet of our democracy. Behavioral science can help to integrate students into our democracy by illuminating the psychological barriers they face, and by designing interventions that overcome those barriers.

 

In the summer and fall of 2015, ideas42 conducted an extensive literature review to inform our proprietary behavioral mapping process, which resulted in hypotheses about the behavioral barriers faced by college student voters. To test these hypotheses, they interviewed more than 80 people, including students, administrators, university presidents, and civic engagement practitioners. This work resulted in a brief which summarized findings and offers program design recommendations.

 

In this webinar authors of the brief will discuss their work and findings in order to help college administrators and student leaders to improve their registration and turnout efforts on campus. Specifically, participants in this webinar will learn how students decide whether to register and vote (or not); barriers to college students voting; and solutions for helping college students to vote.

ARCHIVE| The Congress to Campus Program

Description

Do your students know what participation in a democracy entails? Have them learn from former Members of Congress.

 

The Congress to Campus program brings together former Members of Congress and college students to increase civic literacy and participation. Bipartisan pairs of former members spend two days on a college campus teaching classes, hosting community forums, and meeting with students to encourage greater democratic participation. The visiting members provide a candid account of serving as an elected official. Their personal experiences give students an “insiders look” into our political system and illuminate the inner-workings of Congress.

 

Participants in this webinar will hear from former Members of Congress and campus participants about the program and its impact on students. Participants will learn the goals of the program; how the program is structured and delivered; the benefits of bringing the program to campus; and the impact of the program on students and the campus community.