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Presenting 2020 Presidential Elections Webinar; Passionate Disagreements, Perceived Acts of Bias, on campuses

This is an interactive webinar presented by Dr. Allen Groves and Dr. Grant L. Azdell.

National elections often present the first opportunity for many college students to engage in political campaign advocacy and exercise their right to vote in the democratic process. However, reflecting the deep partisan divide in society more broadly, the lead-up to an election can also ignite passionate disagreement.

Gather your colleagues from across campus on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 for an interactive webinar. You'll be able to draw from best practices for engaging students in host political debates involving surrogates and debate watching or election night events. Engage faculty with subject-matter expertise in public forums designed to educate students on relevant issues in play.

We will also explore the breadth and limits of political speech and effective ways to respond to reports of biased or harassing speech or actions connected with political advocacy on campus. The central role of social media as a source of information to students, including the spread of false narratives during the run-up to the election, will also be discussed.

The topics that will be covered in this webinar will be:

  • Communicating with political advocacy groups ahead of an election; fostering or hosting jointly sponsored events, debates and information sessions; and engagement of faculty in the process -- ensure everyone is successfully involved regardless of political affiliation.


  • Encouraging and facilitating voter registration, forms, & registration requirements.


  • Channel student interest in election issues and candidates into positive engagement and education -- be prepared ahead of time for passionate disagreement, protests against visiting candidates or surrogates, and an increase in acts of bias or perceived insensitivity on campus as a result of the deep partisan divide.


  • Recognize the scope of political speech protected by the First Amendment -- be able to manage political speech alleged to contain language harmful or insensitive to specific groups or classes of individuals.


  • Educate students on the use of social media platforms to spread inaccurate, misleading or intentionally inflammatory information related to a candidate or party.


  • Topic: Presenting 2020 Presidential Elections Webinar Preparing for Passionate Disagreements & Acts of Bias, Insensitivity on campuses

When: Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Where: PRISM, Multicultural Center, Building 1 Room 108

Refreshments served:

Please R.S.V.P. to 292-3640 or e-mail to

Bios: Attached:

This event is sponsored by the PRISM Multicultural Center, Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Anthropology, History, Political Science & Sociology Department and Global Education & International Services




Attached Files:
Acts of Violence.pdf

Batistta-Provost, Shirley
Diversity & Inclusion.