Challenges to Democracy and Reaffirming Civic Engagement

National Campaign Conference Agenda

Agenda: Saturday, March 26

Agenda: Saturday, March 26

1:00 PM        Welcome to the National Campaign 
Mark Gearan ‘78, Director, Institute of Politics, Harvard Kennedy School 

1:15 PM        A Town Hall on Politics and Public Service from the Gen Z Perspective
Facilitated by: John Della Volpe, Director of Polling, Institute of Politics

2:00 PM        “Civil Discourse and the Problem of Hate”
An interactive discussion and case study exercise

  • Introduction by Timothy J. Shaffer, Ph.D., Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Ithaca Resident Fellow at the Biden School of Public Policy & Administration. He is also director of Civic Engagement and Deliberative Democracy with the National Institute for Civil Discourse.
  • SNF Ithaca Student Leaders Case Study
  • Overview           
  • Breakout Workshop lead by:
    • Sarah Cullen, senior at the University of Delaware, majoring in Interpersonal Communications and Women & Gender Studies, with a minor in Political Science.
    • Luke Halko, junior at the University of Delaware, majoring in Computer Science with a special interest in Human-Computer Interaction.
    • Moses Martinez, junior at the University of Delaware, majoring in political science with minors in legal studies and philosophy.
    • Katya Raskin, junior at the University of Delaware, majoring in Environmental Studies and Public Policy with minors in Geography and Resource Economics.
    • Samiyah Sherman, junior at the University of Delaware majoring in Public Policy and Political Science
  • Reflections & Debrief

3:00 PM        The New Frontiers Awards Presentation and Conversation with Jack Schlossberg
The John F. Kennedy New Frontier Awards® were created by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and The Institute of Politics at Harvard University to honor Americans under the age of 40 who are changing their communities and the country with their commitment to public service. The awards are presented annually to two exceptional individuals whose contributions as full-time public servants in elective office, community service, or advocacy demonstrate the impact and the value of public service in the spirit of John F. Kennedy.

                        2022 John F. Kennedy New Frontier Awards winners: Jasmine Davenport, executive director of Our Climate, and Mayor Chokwe Lumumba of Jackson, Mississippi.

4:00 PM        Campus Civic and Political Innovations Breakout Sessions

  • The Importance of Coalition Building: Including Voices from All Communities
    • Anusha Natarajan, Arizona State University

4:30 PM        Campus Civic and Political Innovations Breakout Sessions

  • How We’re UVAmazing: Civil Discourse on Campus
    • Nahor Hagos, University of Virginia
  • Students Legislating Against Hunger
    • Zeeshan Ali, University of South Florida
  • Native Elections & Participation 
    • Kamryn Yanchick & Taylor Broadbent, University of Oklahoma

5:00 PM        Optional Networking Session