Content from Institute for Democracy & Higher Education Newsletter: Educating for a Stronger, Inclusive Democracy, NSLVE Deadline, New Guide
NSLVE Sign-up Deadline Extended to 3/31! Is your alma mater in the study? Campuses in your networks or regions?
We know people who receive this newsletter are already affiliated with the 1,200+ colleges and universities participating in IDHE’s National Study of Learning, Voting & Engagement. But what about your alma mater or local community college? Others in your networks? Help us help them improve student engagement in democracy by forwarding this newsletter and flagging this section. Flag this fast-approaching deadline: 3/31. NSLVE is a free service. Each participating campus receives a tailored, comprehensive report with students’ aggregate voting rates. 2020 reports will be released in September. For more:
- Search to see if a campus is participating
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- Read our NSLVE Data and Campus Reports FAQ
If you have questions or concerns about the deadline, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for help
Today, we issue another letter to presidents and other institutional leaders (read here), building on our 2020 election season request, to use their community stature and influence to protect voting rights.
We know that higher education faces unprecedented pressures due to the pandemic, financial strains, financial and emotional challenges to students, and more, yet we’re asking higher education to add one more thing to the to-do list. We hope that campuses will view this as an opportunity. And we promise to provide support along the way.
New IDHE “Making Sense of…” Guide
Want to start a conversation in the classroom or within your campus organization? IDHE’s “Making Sense of…” guides are a great place to begin. This month, we have a new conversation piece on vaccines, their current rollout in historical context, and what it means for issues of public health and equity. Access the guide here.
U.S. higher education has long recognized its civic mission. Clearly, that mission has shifted from efforts to provide students with apolitical civic engagement experiences to an urgent and more comprehensive democracy project. “Democracy” is a dynamic combination of political and social systems that, as we have seen in only the past few months, is neither universally embraced nor irreversible. Yet democracy’s core principles and practices – free and fair participation, inclusion and equal opportunity, ethical and reasoned public problem solving, accountable governance, adherence to truth and science, rejection of racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia and anti-Semitism, access to education and information – are also higher education’s ideals. Strengthening democracy through higher education requires strong and visible institutional commitment – especially when democracy’s core tenets are challenged.
IDHE supports this mission through applied research, resources, convening, and advocacy. Following the violent attacks in Atlanta this month, IDHE issued a statement to the community addressing our nation’s history, current social problems, and future support higher education must offer. If you haven’t yet seen it yet, you can read the full statement here, which includes reflections, resources, and how we see this as part of higher education’s mission in working towards the democracy we desire in the United States.
Resources from the Field
- National Archive Foundation’s webinar “Freedom Summer Inspiring Young Voters Today”
- ACE’s webinar “Free Speech and Inclusion in Higher Education” (recording; registration required)
- Educating for American Democracy: a new report and roadmap for K-12 student civic learning
- Campus Compact’s “Compact Nation” podcast – Academic Freedom & Institutional Autonomy
- The Democracy Group, a podcast network of organizations working to advance democracy
What We Are Reading
- The Long Battle for UCLA’s Black Resource Center, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
- Annotated Guide to the For the People Act of 2021, Brennan Center for Justice
- Even Blue States Suppress Student Voters, The Nation
- The In-school Push to Fight Misinformation from the Outside World, The Hechinger Report
- A Wave of Black Student Body Presidents Enter Office Amid COVID-19, Racial Injustice Crises, Diverse Issues in Higher Education