Creating a comprehensive democratic engagement action plan is only as effective as the team that will develop and enact it. A strong action plan is highly dependent on the commitment of the institution to educating for democracy and electoral participation.
Action plans created by a diverse team of stakeholders increase the likelihood of success, long-term sustainability, and the institutionalization of civic learning and democratic engagement efforts on campus. Institutionalizing a commitment to increasing civic learning and democratic engagement, of course, takes more than putting together a great team. Institutional commitment is also signaled by public-facing language, spoken and written – in the remarks of campus leadership, in strategic plans and funding goals, as well as in inclusion job descriptions and in the curriculum. Before action planning begins, it is important for the working group to first explore the motivations for the commitment and context within which it has been made.
This webinar will explore how to build and document a diverse campus coalition and how to capture an institution’s commitment to civic learning and democratic engagement in an action plan. Panelists will discuss effective strategies and powerful examples of campus teams and action plans.
Questions to consider:
Where does this work live on campus?
Is it in anyone(s) job description/responsibilities?
How does this work connect with institutional mission statement, strategic plan, etc.?
What stakeholders are part of your coalition/working group?
Do they include students, student affairs administrators, faculty, local election officials/partner organizations?
How are efforts collaborative and coordinated, while taking different perspectives into consideration?
Where is civic learning and democratic engagement reflected in existing institutional documents, plans, and culture?