Constitution Day kicks off TWU Civic Engagement Activities
Sept. 12, 2018 — DENTON — While Texas Woman’s University has historically promoted civic engagement among its students, recent initiatives beginning on Constitution Day demonstrate a renewed commitment.
“Our academic departments, especially History and Government, have been Constitution Day champions,” said Stephanie Krauth, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Student Engagement at TWU, “but this year, we have developed a new “Pioneers Vote” campaign that really emphasizes ways to get involved in the civic process that extends beyond classroom discussions.”
Pioneers Vote not only encompasses activities around Constitution Day and National Voter Registration Day, but also emphasizes educating students on the importance and logistics of voter registration, the electoral process and civil discourse regarding different viewpoints on issues during election cycles.
To strengthen its commitment and measure effectiveness, the university is a participating institution in the National Study of Learning, Voting and Engagement and the Campus Democracy Challenge. Student engagement platforms, Pioneer Engage and TurboVote, will help the university promote and gauge voter registration progress.
“Our fall events are an example of the great collaboration among the departments of History and Government, the Blagg-Huey Library and Student Life,” said Krauth. “We look forward to adding to our events and pursuing additional opportunities to serve our students and the Denton community, including serving as an official polling site in the future.”
Constitution Day Activities, Sept. 17
Donuts for Democracy - Students are invited to come by for free donuts, free pocket-version of the U.S. Constitution (English/Spanish) beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the lobby of Blagg-Huey Library.
Voter Registration - TWU Pi Sigma Alpha and TWU Barristers deputy voter registrars will be on hand to register new voters from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the lobby of Blagg-Huey Library.
Freedom Board - Celebrate our First Amendment Right of Free Speech with TWU's traveling Freedom Board from the Office of Civility and Community Standards, available from 8:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. and noon until 3 p.m. in the lobby of Blagg-Huey Library.
Screening of the documentary, "The Notorious RGB" - View the new documentary about the life of boundary-shattering Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at 2:30 p.m. in the Lecture Hall, Room 101 of Blagg-Huey Library.
Panel Discussion featuring TWU Professors of Government - Immediately following the screening of “The Notorious R.B.G.,” TWU Government Faculty will discuss issues raised in the film and open the floor for an audience discussion at 4 p.m. (approx.) immediately following documentary
Voter Registration Day, Sept. 25
Voter Registration - TWU Pi Sigma Alpha and TWU Barristers deputy voter registrars will be on hand to register new voters from 9:30 a.m. until noon in the Underground at the Student Union.
Voter Registration - TWU Pi Sigma Alpha and TWU Barristers deputy voter registrars will be on hand to register new voters from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. in room 207 of the Student Union.
Screening of the documentary, “Get with the Times: Fearlessly forward with Chelsea Handler” – View comedian and author Chelsea Handler’s provocative live conversation series encouraging students to find their civic voices from noon until 1 p.m. in room 207 of the Student Union. TWU Pi Sigma Alpha will provide pizza.
Speak Up Series, Sept. 2018
Sept. 17 - Pioneering Politics: How Women Get Involved in Local Politics - The TWU Community is invited to attend a panel discussion with local female politicians from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. in ACT 301 (plus live streaming).
Sept. 26 – Dialogues #MeToo Movement – Discuss the movement with fellow students in ACT 301/LiveStreamed from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 27 – Get Out, Henrietta Lacks, and the Shared Experiences of Black Folks– As part of the book in common activities screen the movie and discuss the themes around race, privilege, power, culture and more in CFO 202 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
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