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Join more than 100 students, faculty and staff from across The Commonwealth on Friday, September 28 for the 2018 Virginia Student Democracy Summit! Hosted and organized by Campus Vote Project, Virginia 21, Piedmont Virginia Community College and the James Madison Center for Civic Engagement, the Summit will include dynamic speakers, workshops, discussions and campus action planning. Questions? Contact us at



(As of 9/12/18)
9:15 – 10:15 AM


Arrival- Park at R10 & R 11 Parking Lots, Port Republic Rd.

JMU Shuttle to Madison Union

10:15 – 10:25 AM

(Madison Union Ballroom)

Welcome Message from Organizers and Hosts

10:25 – 11:10 AM

(Madison Union Ballroom)

Kyle Upchurch, National Study of Learning, Voting and Engagement, Institute for Democracy and Higher Education, Tufts University

11:10 – 11:50 AM

(Madison Union Ballroom)  

Virginia Voting 101: Debbie Logan, Harrisonburg Director of Elections; Democracy Fellows

11:50 – Noon

(Madison Union Ballroom)  

Introduction to Table Discussion on Public Issues 

Noon – 12:10 PM

(Madison Union Ballroom)  

 Grab Lunch

12:10 – 1:10 PM

(Madison Union Ballroom)

Lunch and Table Discussions on Public Issues

Sally Hudson, FairVote VA & UVA Economics: Rank Choice Voting

Meg Heubeck, UVA Center for Politics: Patriotism and Protest - Whose Right Is It?

D.E.E.P. Impact: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Garry Elis and Gail Henderson, VA Department of Elections: Voting Rights

Abe Goldberg, James Madison Center for Civic Engagement: Free Speech on Campus


1:15 – 1:20 PM


Break & Move to Workshops

1:20 – 2:20 PM



Skill Building Workshops

Effective Messaging during Election Season: Tim Cywinski, Virginia 21 (Madison Union Ballroom)

Political and News Information Literacy: Michele Claibourn and Maggie Nunley, UVa Library, (Madison Union 306)

Political Levers for Influencing Change: Connie Jorgensen (PVCC), Abe Goldberg (JMU) and Carah Ong Whaley (JMU) (Madison Union 405)

2:30– 3:15 PM  

Madison Union Ballroom


Keynote Address

Traci DeShazor, Deputy Secretary of the Commonwealth


3:20 – 5:00 PM

Madison Union Ballroom


Campus Action Planning for Voter Registration, Education, and Turnout

Mike Burns, Campus Vote Project


5:00 PM


So Long, Farewell


5:05 - 5:30 PM


JMU Shuttle to R10 & R11 Parking Lots


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