With the 2016 Presidential campaigns underway, a new organization has started in Dominican University in California called #CollegeDebate2016. The goal of this organization is to engage college students in politics and the current presidential election through technology and social media. Students from colleges all over the United States will be chosen through an application process to attend workshops and seminars from June 1-3 and September 9-10 of this year.

TurboVote, Brigade, Generation Citizen and Voispot will lead these workshops that will focus on social media engagement. Given that only 41.2 percent of 18-24 year old voted in the 2012 election, it is critical that the number increases.

The training process will culminate with a 90-minute moderated Town Hall meeting which will be streamed live, along with a memo that will outline the key issues the college delegates want the presidential candidates to address.

Bates College was named a national leader in civic engagement and was identified as one of the initiative’s Partner Institutions. For this reason, the college will be sending student delegates to the meetings in order to partake in all the assigned activities. The application is due on March 28. If you have any further questions, contact Kristen Coultier or Darby Ray.