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Monday, October 21 • 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Urban & Metropolitan Universities as Engines for Democratic Engagement in 2020

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Given the perceived decline in civic participation practitioners will discuss how student democratic engagement efforts in the higher education context connect with civic institutions and public discourse along with elected officials, ballot initiatives, and voting. Panelists bring a range of perspectives from the community college and public and private university contexts along with nonpartisan nonprofit organizations that have supported their efforts to institutionalize voter registration, voter education, and voter turnout at their campuses. Based on the contentiousness of recent national elections and confusion reported by new participants in the voting process panelists and participants will discuss lessons learned from past nonpartisan student democratic engagement efforts and planning underway for the 2020 elections, a truly massive election cycle as a presidential election year as well as the elections that will determine who leads redistricting efforts in states across the country following the decennial census. Campus-based panelist come from institutions with civic engagement centers and will discuss what this has meant for their institutions, how participants can connection with centers at their own institutions, and efforts to build campus-wide coalition of administrators, faculty, and student leaders to foster a culture of democratic engagement across an institution. The panel discussion will be very timely for participants as the timeline required to build coalitions and integrate democratic engagement efforts into existing campus programs and communications should begin months before Election Day.

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Jennifer Johnson Kebea

Executive Director, Lindy Center for Civic Engagement, Drexel University
Dr. Jennifer Johnson Kebea has been part of Drexel University’s expanding efforts around civic engagement since 2009. Currently, Jennifer serves as Executive Director of the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement. She is also affiliated faculty with Drexel University's School of Education... Read More →
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Mike Burns

Director, Campus Vote Project
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Johanna Mudry

State Director, Campus Election Engagement Project
Johanna is an experienced and dedicated intrapreneur. For the past fifteen years, she’s worked to improve communities and serve those with greatest need. She’s made social change her prime focus since graduating from Eastern University with an M.S. in Nonprofit Management. Earlier... Read More →
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Michelle Lopez

Manager, Community Engagement and Civic Leadership, Community College of Philadelphia
Higher education and non-profit professional with over a decade of experience in volunteer management, event planning, community engagement, relationship building, marketing and fundraising. Proud Latina serving the Philadelphia community, passionate about encouraging local students... Read More →
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Dave Dulio

Director, Center for Civic Engagement, Oakland University
David A. Dulio is Professor of Political Science Department and Director of the Center for Civic Engagement at Oakland University. He teaches courses on campaigns and elections, Congress, political parties, interest groups, and other areas of American politics. Dulio has published... Read More →

Monday October 21, 2019 3:45pm - 4:45pm EDT
Commonwealth C