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Solutions Journalism: A Tool for Creating Civic Empowerment

Presented as part of the Election 2020 Series. Research shows that mainstream media is losing its place as a trusted source of information, and individuals worldwide report avoiding the news because it is predominantly negative and fails to present solutions. Rather than contributing to a knowledgeable and engaged populous, the news instead often undermines civic participation and builds cynicism. Solutions journalism is an antidote to this problem; rigorous reporting on solutions to social problems. In this interactive workshop, participants will learn about the burgeoning field of solutions journalism, and discover how to use this type of story to inform and…

“Nothing About Us Without Us”: Students and Communities of Color in the Electoral Process

Presented as part of the Election 2020 Series. For students and communities of color, voting has been used as one important aspect of building power in the United States. Initiatives across the country, who focus on civic engagement in communities of color, have been successful at increasing voter participation and disrupting barriers to political engagement. Our three panelists represent organizations that activate the collective voices of students of color to mobilize voter participation of their families and communities beyond the campus setting. The webinar taps the national expertise of JoAnne Fields is the Government & Public Relations Director for Asian…

Countdown to Election 2020: Together, We Can Do This!

Presented as part of the Election 2020 Series. As Election Day 2020 fast approaches, institutional leaders, faculty, staff, and student coalitions know that this is an election like none other in recent history. Students face both technical (where, when, and how to vote, confusing and changing rules, extreme inconvenience, voter suppression) and motivational (disillusionment with the system, lack of social cohesion, physical distancing, misinformation) barriers that call for immediate and campus-wide attention.  In this interactive session, participants will work in small groups on distinct challenges to create a vision of success and brainstorm ways to achieve that success. Participants will…