Niagara University’s Levesque Institute for Civic Engagement is offering a number of events and resources for students and the community to give them the tools and information they need to navigate the voting process and prepare to vote in the upcoming presidential election.
“As an institute for civic engagement, we see our role as advocates for the NU and general communities to educate them on the importance of making their voices and votes matter," said Patricia Wrobel, executive director of the Levesque Institute. "We are committed to providing factual resources that allow individuals to become informed on the issues that affect our democratic principles and will shape our country's future!”
“Make Your Vote Count,” a virtual registration drive and webinar, took place on Wednesday, Sept. 30. Students learned more about the process of registering to vote and the absentee ballot application.
“Why My Vote Counts” will feature NU students, faculty, and staff explaining why they are choosing to vote. To participate in this video montage, send a 15-second video clip to firstname.lastname@example.org by Oct. 16. Please do not disclose who you are voting for. Students are asked to include their name, major, and class.
“30 Day Countdown: Food for Thought” will provide surveys and information on topics surrounding society and the election from Oct. 3 through Nov. 2 on the institute’s Instagram account: https://www.instagram.com/niagaraimpact/
“The Levesque Institute Civic Engagement Series” will present a brief overview of pertinent issues in today’s society and the presidential candidates’ stances on those issues through three separate webinars. Participants will also have the opportunity to engage in open conversation. All webinars take place from 7-8 p.m.
- Thursday, Oct. 15: Covid-19 response, the economy, healthcare, and racial equity
- Thursday, Oct. 22: Student loans, climate change, foreign affairs, and criminal justice reform
- Thursday, Oct. 29: Politics and the media, presented by Dr. Carrie Teresa-Isard, associate professor of communication studies at Niagara University
Post-debate polls will survey students on their reactions to the presidential and vice presidential debates.
“Leaders Sharing Vision, Values, and Views,” presented by the Levesque Institute and Leadership Niagara, is a series of three webinars featuring Leadership Niagara graduates from various fields presenting on several topics around leadership. All take place from 7-8 p.m.
- Wednesday, Oct. 14: Leadership experience what matters over time
- Wednesday, Oct. 21: Military /world perception
- Wednesday, Oct. 28: Criminal Justice System
In addition to these events, the institute has made a number of election resources available on its website. For more information on these events and to access the resources, please visit https://levesqueinstitute.niagara.edu/programs/2020-election-resources/.