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Vote By Design Training Workshop

September 29, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm


In an age of hyper partisanship and divisive public discourse, how can we help our students engage in the upcoming elections with a posture of inquiry, empathy, and generative conversation?

With the low youth turnout in the last Presidential election, there’s a lot of effort being spent getting young voters to vote. But are we doing enough to help students become capable and confident voters, helping them approach their voting decisions as independent and critical thinkers? What if what shows up as “voter apathy” is lack of clarity?

Vote by Designis an award-winning voter literacy project incubated  at Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (d.school) that teaches voters how to view the job of the U.S. President through leadership qualities and qualifications  (vs. sound bites or parental and peer influence).  It blends critical thinking, civics literacy, and conversation across different perspectives to help voters create a more robust and personal understanding of what we’re voting for. It helps students identify potential biases in themselves and creates productive space for them to learn from others.

To date, Vote by Design has been offered to more than 1,000 students across the United States, from the deep red state of Montana to the deep South of Georgia and across California. One student shared, “I thought it was hopeless, but now I feel like I have a way to productively engage.” Another said, “I used to think what my parents thought, and now I think for myself.”

Join Lisa Kay Solomon, Designer in Residence at the Stanford University Hasso Plattner Institute of Design and bestselling author of Moments of Impact: How to Design Strategic Conversations that Accelerate Change, as she shares the pedagogy and generative practices of the Vote by Design experience that not only helps our next gen voters become more prepared for November, but also prepares them to engage in the process for a lifetime.

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This multi-part series, presented as part of our Education for Democracy initiative, will explore how colleges and universities can deepen their commitment to political learning, civic education, and building a diverse democracy through teaching and learning, student life, and civic engagement. This series is designed to complement the numerous voter registration and mobilization resources available through our partners in the field.


September 29, 2020
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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