Sabrina Wienholtz, Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Knowledge Community
August 4, 2019
Greetings from your Region IV-West representative to the Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Knowledge Community! Though my day job is not directly connected to CLDE work, I feel passionately that we as Higher Education Professionals must empower groups and individuals on our campuses to become civically aware and engaged. Some of our campuses host offices of civic engagement and service learning – staffed and resourced specifically to cultivate such a civic ethos. Many of our campuses do not… Given the upcoming 2020 election and census, it is imperative that every campus endeavor to engage students in these important democratic processes. No matter how efforts on your campus are organized, there are resources available to support you.
Census 2020 Resources
Many of the resources listed with the NASPA Lead Initiative, Campus Compact, and other partners revolve around student engagement with local and national elections. While there are a wide variety of resources available in support of those efforts, less is available in support of engaging students with the upcoming 2020 census.
As I write this, the Supreme Court has blocked inclusion of the citizenship question from the 2020 census questionnaire. It is hard to say how things will play out politically. What we do know is that the upcoming census will determine representation and resource allocation for years to come. Never in my career has educating and engaging students in the census seemed so vital. Knowing about available resources has encouraged me to think about how I can initiate efforts on my campus. I hope they will do the same for you.
 Sourced from https://www.naspa.org/constituent-groups/groups/lead-initiative
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