Constitution Day 2020 Events

September 14, 2020

Many of our member campuses and partners are offering programs for Constitution Day Thursday, September 17th. All offerings listed below are open to Campus Compact members and many to the general public. Some require pre-registration, while others have direct links to join in. Below we have an overview of events throughout the day as well as general descriptions of the groups and topics organized. We hope you will join our colleagues and members!

Schedule Overview 

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM: 
Rooting Ourselves In History (Session I)  featuring:

      • Dr. Calvin Hill, Springfield College and (10:00 AM-11:00 AM) – JOIN THE SESSION
      • LaTosha Brown, Black Voters Matter Fund (11:00 AM-12:00 PM) – JOIN THE SESSIONS (Passcode: 821588)

Presented by MA Department of Higher Education & Community College Leaders

12:15 PM – 1:30 PM:
Conquering Crisis: Defending & Expanding Voting Rights Amid COVID-19 featuring Cheryl Clyburn Crawford, Executive Director of MassVOTE & the First Vice President of the NAACP-Boston Branch
Presented by Salem State University
REGISTER

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM: 
Rooting Ourselves In History (Session II) featuring:

      • Panel I with Andres Vargas, 3rd Essex-D; Robert Hedlund, Mayor Weymouth, MA-R; Carol Rose, ACLU; and moderated by Meghan Callaghan, Bunker Hill Community College  (2:00 PM-4:00 PM) – JOIN THE SESSION
      • Panel II with John Coviello, New Voters Project;  McKenzie Saunders, Massachusetts Bay Community College; Stephanie King, All-In, and Moderated by Heidi Getchell-Bastien Massachusetts Bay Community College (3:00 PM-4:00 PM) JOIN THE SESSION

Presented by MA Department of Higher Education & Community College Leaders

4:00 PM:
The Citizens’ Choice: Ranked Choice Voting Debate featuring Paul Diego Craney, spokesperson and Board member, Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance; Evan Falchuk, Board Chair, Yes On 2 campaign; and moderated by Carrie Saldo, host and producer of GBH’s Connecting Point and contributing reporter at GBH Boston
Presented by Edward M. Kennedy Institute and Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts
REGISTER

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM:  *For Students*
Nonpartisan & Interactive Webinar on Voting  featuring Vote By Design
Presented by Bridgewater State University’s Martin Richard Institute for Social Justice
REGISTER


Additional Info About Events:

Rooting Ourselves In History
A group of community college civic engagement leaders, in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, have created “Rooting Ourselves in History to Engage in Democracy”–a series of presentations and panel discussions bringing together a student, civic engagement staff and faculty, elected political officials from both major parties, and leaders from non-profit organizations including Black Voters Matter, the New Voters Project, and the MA American Civil Liberties Union. The events run from 10:00 to 12:00 and 2:00 to 4:00 – learn more.

Conquering Crisis: Defending & Expanding Voting Rights Amid COVID-19

Join the Center for Civic Engagement and Cheryl Clyburn Crawford, Executive Director of MassVOTE & the First Vice President of the NAACP-Boston Branch for a Constitution Day webinar revolving around voting rights Attendance is free but registration is required – register here.

Vote By Design Workshop
Vote by Design and Bridgewater State University’s Martin Richard Institute for Social Justice are teaming up to host an interactive, nonpartisan, digital workshop that will explore a new and innovative framework for thinking about who you vote for and why. For Constitution Day, Vote by Design will reframe the decision-making process of voting away from “Which candidate do you like?” to instead ask, “What are the leadership qualities best suited to the job as framed by the Constitution?” and “What does the future need from this position?”  The event runs from 4:00 to 5:30.  Attendance is free, but space is limited – register here.

The Citizens’ Choice: Ranked Choice Voting Debate
Join the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate and the Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts for Constitution Day forum on Massachusetts’s Ballot Question #2. The moderated discussion will cover both sides of the Ranked Choice Voting initiative as Commonwealth voters prepare to head to the polls in November register here.