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Student selected for national voter education group

By: Rosie McDowell and JP Shortall

April 20, 2016

First year student Prathm Juneja has been selected to represent Notre Dame as a delegate to College Debate 2016, a group of 125 students who will participate in a national, student-led conversation about issues important to college students. Students were recruited by Dominican University of California, a Voter Education Partner for the Commission on Presidential Debates, of which Notre Dame President, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. is a member. The purpose of College Debate 2016 is to generate discussion of issues important to students, and to bring those issues to the attention of the moderators of the Presidential Debates in the fall.

In June, delegates will travel to Dominican University of California to learn how to organize issue-focused events at their schools. During the summer, they will facilitate student discussions of issues on campuses and through social media. Then in September the delegates will attend the 2016 College Convention, which will culminate in a 90-minute moderated Town Hall meeting that will be streamed lived to delegates’ home campuses across the country.

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 '16 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 academic year NDVotes has hosted educational events for students and registered over 1,000 Notre Dame faculty, staff, and students through TurboVote, an online voter registration service created by Democracy Works.  Plans are underway for additional voter registration and education events hosted by NDVotes for Fall 2016 in the months leading up to the general election in November.

For more information, please contact Rosie McDowell or visit the ND Votes page.



June 1–2, 2016

Listen to the broadcast of interview with Prathm Juneja, student delegate, on Penguin Radio, the official radio station of Dominican University of California. 

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