What was the youth voter turnout in the 2020 presidential election? Why are equitable and high levels of voter participation difficult to achieve? Alan Solomont and Dr. Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg from the Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University will share their expertise on youth voter engagement and what you can do to address systemic barriers to youth voting.
Alan Solomont is dean of Tisch College. Solomont’s career has been marked by his commitment to political activism, public service and organizing for the greater good. He was appointed by President Obama to serve as the U.S. ambassador to Spain and Andorra from 2009-2013. Solomont is the former chairman of the Corporation for National and Community Service. He was first appointed to the board by President Clinton in 2000, reappointed by President George W. Bush in 2007 and elected chair in 2009. He also served as the national finance chair of the Democratic National Committee. Long active in Boston’s Jewish community, Solomont has served on the boards of the New Israel Fund, the Jewish Fund for Justice and Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly. He is a past chair of CJP and Hebrew SeniorLife.
Dr. Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg is the director of The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) at Tisch College, a nonpartisan national research institute that focuses on youth civic and political learning and engagement. CIRCLE uses its expansive portfolio of research initiatives, tools for practitioner organizations, educators and other civic stakeholders and reports to advance equity-centered policy and practice in the civic sector. With a background in positive youth development and community psychology, she sees research can be a powerful tool to address inequity in opportunities for civic learning and participation at all levels of society.+ More... - Less...
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