Central Civics announces Spring 2022 educational series

Health professions professor Todd Kozal hands a registered student voter a sticker, Sept. 28, Outside of the Bovee University Center. Kozal, who had voluteered with Central Votes due to his friendships with many of the faculty leaders, is passionate about Central Votes because he believes that students' voices are important.

Central Civics, sponsored by the Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center, is hosting a semester of events called the Citizenship Crash Course. It is a series of lectures, panels, discussions and workshops focused on educating students on civic and political life.

Four events throughout the spring 2022 semester will cover topics including activism, protest politics, petitions, and global citizenship. The events are free of charge. Three events will be in-person and one will take place over Webex.

"Research shows that (the way) students participate in democracy and vote in college, heavily impacts the way they're going to interact in their communities for the rest of their lives," voter engagement student coordinator Maddie Thomas said. "The volunteer center is working to create opportunities for students to start becoming civically engaged citizens now, so they will continue to be engaged long after they leave CMU."

Event details for the series are below:

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Movie Night: Slay the Dragon Documentary


Pearce Hall 127

Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Art and Advocacy


Powers 136

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Spotting Fake News


UC Rotunda

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Civics Workshop with the Union of Concerned Scientists


The link will be available closer to the event date.