Student Stories

Notre Dame Sophomore Chosen for College Debate 2016

By: Rosie McDowell

September 14, 2016

Notre Dame sophomore, Prathm Juneja was recently named a panelist for the Town Hall meeting of student delegates at College Debate 2016, a non-partisan initiative that seeks to empower younger citizens in the electoral process. Delegates are college students from across the country tasked with identifying key issues and questions that younger voters would like to see addressed by the presidential candidates.

In the Town Hall on Wednesday, September 7, Dr. Sybril Brown moderated a caucus of the delegates who determined the final questions they want candidates to respond to during the presidential debates in September and October. Elected from among 125 college students participating in the conference, Juneja spoke on the importance of the economy and the election.

During the Town Hall, Juneja asked how the candidates would restructure governmental assistance programs for the unemployed and impoverished to help them obtain self-sufficiency. That question was chosen for submission to the Commission on Presidential Debates for possible inclusion in a presidential debate this fall.

A political science and computer science major from Edison, New Jersey, Juneja is a member of the NDVotes '16 Task Force and director of national engagement and outreach for Notre Dame Student Government.

NDVotes is a non-partisan campaign of the Center for Social Concerns and the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy to promote voter education, registration, and mobilization. The group fosters conscientious engagement in political and civic life among students. Throughout this election season, NDVotes will offer educational events for the campus community and voter registration assistance through TurboVote, an online voter registration service created by Democracy Works.

For more information, contact: Rosie McDowell or Christina Wolbrecht