More than any other group on campus, faculty play a critical role in a student’s decision of whether or not to vote and understanding of free speech. As you design your courses for the coming fall, the Election & Free Speech Task Force invites you to think about ways to engage students in the electoral process and dialogues around free speech, regardless of your academic discipline or political persuasion.
The goal is to convey through your teaching, words, and actions that “informed civic action” is an essential part of a CSUSM education. Below are a few trainings and events you can share with your students.
CSUSM Free Speech and Election Events
Top 5 Reasons Students Should Vote
Read the full list of 10 Reasons Why It Is Important to Vote at the California Post.
Facilitating Civil Discussions in Your Class
A New York Times collective lesson plan, Talking Across Divides: 10 Ways to Encourage Civil Classroom Conversations on Difficult Issues.
The article continues to be updated, including a companion lesson plan published in January 2017, Civil Conversations Challenge.
Media Misinformation and News Literacy Sites
An Election Misinformation and Disinformation page can be found here.
60-Second Civics Podcast
Election Introductory Videos
Media Literacy Videos
National Voter Engagement Dates and Events
Students as Poll Workers
Typically, older Americans volunteer as Poll Workers. However, this year, because of COVID-19, older Americans are being asked not to volunteer as Poll Workers to protect their health.
This year, the Registrar of Voters is recruiting college students to be paid poll workers. This will be a seven day (full week commitment ). Therefore, if a students informs you that they are a poll worker be flexible, as they are participating in a civic duty.
Here is the timeline of activities of a paid poll worker.
Learn more about the qualifications and duties of a Poll Worker on the San Diego Registrar of Voters Poll Worker page.
Should Faculty Promote Their Political Affiliation in their Email?
No. The CSU Office of General Counsel has previously advised that campaign activity is not appropriate for CSU-provided email accounts for employees.
While personal communications that include an individual's political views are usually fine, including it in an email signature which will go out on emails conducting university business would likely be deemed an inappropriate campaign activity
Additional resources for faculty curriculum inclusion can be found at the Faculty Center website.
This page is being maintained by the Department of Civic Department of Civic EngagementEngagement. If you have questions about a specific resource or event, please contact Rochelle Smarr, firstname.lastname@example.org.