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Election Teach-In Report

 

Joining a Statewide Movement to Educate Our Students

Mayor Fiorentini giving a speech at NECC.

In the summer of 2016, a small group of dedicated staff and faculty met to start outlining how NECC would join a statewide initiative to prepare our students to be informed and active voters in the upcoming election season….

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Bringing the Election into the Classroom

More than 22 faculty members chose to take an aspect of the election as a focus of a lesson plan, assignment, or classroom discussion. The faculty spanned across all three academic divisions and included 9 academic departments….

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NECC Library: Helping All of Us to Navigate Election Resources

The NECC Library joined the Teach-In by creating an online research guide to support the 2016 Election Teach-In. This wonderful resource had a wealth of information on relevant books, articles, and relevant, legitimate websites for students, faculty, staff, and the local community to access to support learning.  It includes links to registering to vote, major …

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Educating the Campus

Excerpt from a news article under the professors picture reads: "Expert: Electronic election fraud risks low in Bay State. Haverhill - Should residents worry about voting systems here and elsewhere in the U.S. being hijacked during the presidential election?" Link opens the full article on eagletribune.com

Through a variety of events, students, faculty and staff were offered opportunities to learn more about the importance of civic engagement, the MA ballot questions, and the technology behind our voting system.  In an effort to better educate our community on the candidates, NECC held its Own Big “Presidential” Debate.  Faculty members Andrew Morse, Patricia …

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Getting out the Vote!

Voter registration was is in full swing from the beginning of classes.  There were 12 different voter registration events on campus.  NECC partnered with both the YMCA of Greater Lawrence and the Community College Voter Registration Initiative to help in this effort.  In addition, many campus office, faculty and staff helped to distribute voter registration …

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Reflection from an NECC Student

“The youth of our society especially needs to vote because they are our country’s future. The youth will be the ones living to see the effects of all the outcomes from voting now. The youth are the ones who are most affected by the issues and questions presented on the ballot. The youth, along with every other eligible voter needs to vote, not only to better her own future, but to respect others living in the country, those fighting for the country, and those who have died for the country.”

Kayleigh Hooper, NECC English Comp/Early College Student

A Collaborative Effort

The 2016 Election Teach-In was a truly campus-wide effort. Overall, it was largely supported by Civic Engagement and Service-Learning Programming, the Contemporary Affairs Club, the Global Studies Department, and NECC faculty, staff, and administration. In addition, both the Center for Professional Development and the NECC Library provided support for engaged faculty.

More Information

For more information on this report, please contact Janel D’Agata-Lynch, Civic Engagement and Service-Learning Coordinator at email: jdagatalynch@necc.mass.edu.