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Civic engagement with Beyond the Ballot

1:45 PM  Feb 10th, 2017
by Julia Hall ’18

Post-election season, the student ambassadors of Vote Everywhere have initiated a new, three-part lecture series called Beyond the Ballot, running Feb. 15, March 8, and March 22. The series will feature speakers from the political science department as well as the Fitz Center for Leadership in Community.

Three political science majors function as the UD ambassadors for Vote Everywhere: Katherine Liming ’18, Margaret Schaller ’17, and Nick Hancart ’17. Vote Everywhere is a grassroots campaign initiated and run by the Andrew Goodman Foundation. With a bipartisan philosophy, the group organizes programming to encourage increased civic engagement among college students.

“We are a pretty disenfranchised population, regardless of our race or our gender. The government isn’t reaching out to us because [they think] we are young and naïve and stupid,” Liming said.

Despite the dilemma of being green, young adults have been exceptionally engaged in politics in the last year.

Liming believes the lecture series should be attended by all students majoring in government or interested in the subject since they are intended to provide students with an outline of how to be well informed, politically vocal and how to be heard.

Beyond the Ballot was primarily conceived by the desires of young adults wanting to be impactful in today’s political climate.

“How can you protest effectively? How can you contact your representatives effectively? It is really hard. I do not want people just shouting into an abyss,” Liming commented.

The first lecture, “Messaging in the Media,” will focus on differentiating between opinion and fact in the news. The event will be held from 7-8 p.m. in Marianist Hall 218.

Liming hopes the lecture series will provide students with concrete information that they can trust, as opposed to getting information from social media sites.

The two lectures scheduled to follow, “Outreach to Officials” and “People, Protest, and Petition,” will focus on vocalizing well-researched, well-informed opinions, effectively.



5 Responses to Civic engagement with Beyond the Ballot

  1. steve wethington says:

    and whom is going to make sure these are unbiased. Youth is essentially a liberal political slant.

    Just the fact that the word “protests” is up front proves the “intent” of this series.

    “With a bipartisan philosophy, the group organizes programming to encourage increased civic engagement among college students.”

    no ore bipartisan then asking all liberals to show up…SHAME on UD for fostering a ONE WAY discussion event.

  2. Dick Moran says:

    Living in SW Virginia I have become aware of the “Indivisible” Movement. It is quite effective with new groups springing all over the country. On Facebook, go to Indivisible Guide for direction on how ot set up a group.

  3. Jean Kelly says:

    UD students and professors involved in the Beyond the Ballot are working to encourage constructive and informed participation in our democracy. Promoting increased civic engagement among college students is likely to have a long-term positive impact. For more information on the Vote Everywhere program, see

  4. Colleen Shiel says:

    Are you recording the meetings and making them available for students unable to attend on the scheduled dates?

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