DC Public Schools Hosts Panel Discussion on Civic Engagement in DC

Join DC Public Schools and Interim Chancellor Amanda Alexander for a panel discussion on civic and community engagement in our city and the Anacostia Community Museum’s A Right to the City exhibition. The panel will feature community leaders including DC At-Large Councilmember Anita Bonds, Anacostia Community Museum Chief Curator Samir Meghelli, and Moten Elementary School Principal Akela Dogbe. Event details are included below:

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GW Ranked one of the Best Colleges for Student Voting

Washington Monthly ranked GW one of America’s best colleges for voting. The rankings were decided based on a variety of metrics-one of places that GW scored well was that the institution encourages students to vote. You can see the full article (as well as the other civically active and not-so active universities here: https://washingtonmonthly.com/magazine/september-october-2018/americas-best-colleges-for-student-voting/)

A National Conversation on Civility


As we approach the 2018 midterm elections, our political system and national rhetoric are more polarized than ever. Join moderator Scott Simon, award-winning host of National Public Radio's Weekend Edition Saturday, for a thought-provoking conversation on the importance of civility, why it has broken down — and why it's necessary for solving the major challenges confronting our nation.

The event will take place on Wednesday, September 26th, with doors opening at 6:15 p.m and the panel discussion will take place from 7-9 p.m. After the main event, you will have the opportunity to continue the conversation and meet the panelists at a reception from 9-10 p.m. with drinks and light appetizers.

Tickets are general admission, so seats are first come, first served. Panelists Sally Kohn and Jonathan Haidt, PhD, will be signing copies of their books, which will be available for purchase.

To get seats click here and visit the APA website for more information.

Get Out the Vote at GW: Forward to Students

GW Votes is task force through The Honey W Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service. These faculty, administrators and students are committed to increase voter turnout among GW students. 

For more information: https://serve.gwu.edu/gw-votes

Read on for events and how to get involved. Please forward to your students!

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Facts on Youth Voting

Next week is the monthly Conversation on Community-Engaged Scholarship, and we will be talking about what works in increasing voter turn-out among college students. To warm us up, here is a fact sheet on Youth Voting from our colleagues at the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRLCE). https://civicyouth.org/quick-facts/youth-voting/

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Debating Social Problems

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An interesting new book from Routledge, Debating Social Problems, by Dr. Leonard A. Steverson and Dr. Jennifer E. Melvin, is out now. Debating Social Problems emphasizes the process of debate as a means of addressing social problems and helps students engage in active learning.

The debate format covers sensitive material in a way that encourages students to talk about this material openly in class. This succinct text includes activities that promote critical thinking and includes examples from current events. For more information, click here.

2018 Annual Conference on Citizenship


The 2018 Annual Conference on Citizenship, "It's Your Democracy!" will be hosted by the National Conference on Citizenship on October 17-18th at the Marriot Marquis.

This year, with the theme It’s YOUR Democracy, the conference will bring together activists and reformers, stalwarts and newcomers, leaders and followers, bystanders now taking action, and people who are talking and listening closely for the pulse of our Civic Life. Their goal is to inspire, engage, and inform. They seek to give conference participants a unique opportunity to build new relationships and connect to new networks.

Click here for the Conference Agenda and Registration Information.


GW Votes and GW TurboVote

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In order to increase voter participation among GW students, GW has subscribed to an easy service that will help students to register and participate in elections no matter where in the US they have residence.

GW Votes is a nonpartisan coalition of students, faculty, and staff that promotes voter registration and participation among our students. There are many activities planned to support nonpartisan voter registration and participation as well as a tool, GW Turbovote, to help students learn the voting process in their community and reminds them when to participate. 

GW students are highly politically aware and active.  GW Votes makes it easy to find out how and when you can vote in your community. Make sure you cast your ballot in this important election! Visit us for more information and to see our on-campus events, including the party at the mailbox!