Helping students draw connections between policy or legislation and course content, disciplinary questions or field-related priorities is critical for educating students about the role we all play in shaping the communities we live in, not only while at University of Michigan but also in the future. While it can be challenging to know where, or even if, to begin making these connections more explicit in your courses, we can support your efforts. Below, we have shared an initial compilation of resources. Over the coming months, we will work with our campus and national civic partners to continue to develop additional content, activities, and ideas for supporting students’ full engagement in civic life.
Contact us at Ginsberg.Engage@umich.edu if you have any questions about how we can work with you to prepare your students for civic and community engagement.
What is allowable as a state employee?
- Inform students of the upcoming election
- Share resources for voter registration
- Make students aware of which positions and initiatives will be on the ballot, without endorsing a particular candidate or position
- Encourage international students to research candidates and ballot measures, and to talk with their peers who are eligible
- Review University guidelines
Connecting course content to policy issues
- Reflect on how your course content could connect to one or more issues related to policy and/or funding. How does public policy impact your discipline? How can you help students make these connections?
- These resources offer concrete strategies and tools:
- Campus Election Engagement Project
- Civic Learning in the Major by Design
- The Politically Engaged Classroom
- Project Pericles' Nonpartisan Voter Education Modules
Encouraging and supporting discussion and dialogue
Being able to support all students to engage fully in discussions can be challenging, but is a critical responsiblity of a civically engaged campus. U-M's CRLT offers multiple resources for supporting all your students during and after election season.