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IOP 24 & Youth VoteFest

IOP 24 programming is culminating in two days of voter engagement workshops, networking, speaker events and musical performances during the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. Join us and the Students Learn Students Vote Coalition on July 17th in Milwaukee and August 21st in Chicago for Youth VoteFest.

Youth VoteFest Milwaukee & Chicago

Join us for a slate of events at Blue Ribbon Hall in Milwaukee and the Epiphany Center for the Arts in Chicago as we hear from top political experts about the election, go deep on the power of podcasts and other communication tools toward civic engagement while honing registration and get out the vote techniques for college campuses.

Building Inclusive Campus Voting Coalitions to Ask Every Student

In this session, attendees will create concrete plans to build or expand their nonpartisan campus voting coalitions. Whether you have a longstanding coalition or are starting one from scratch, join this session to hear best practices, discuss with peer leaders, and workshop tangible steps you can take towards creating or strengthening your campus community’s nonpartisan student voting coalition, based on the Ask Every Student initiative’s Coalition Building Curriculum.

Civic Celebrations: How to Make Democracy Fun and Celebratory

When campuses integrate fun, culturally relevant, and celebratory events into their democratic engagement efforts, they can reach and empower more students to be active participants in our democracy. In this session, we’ll hear from experts with real experience planning events that engage students in fun, creative, and memorable ways while participants brainstorm their own plans for 2024.

Messaging in Polarized Times

Young people and college students have the ability to have a huge impact on elections up and down the ballot in 2024. In this session, presenters will give an overview of the #2024 StudentVote Messaging Toolkit which includes messaging on the role and significance of local elections where student votes can make the most immediate difference and guidance on how to navigate a polarizing election cycle while remaining nonpartisan. The session will also draw on the Ask Every Student Toolkit’s Conversation Guide for insights on how to effectively convey nonpartisan messaging in peer-to-peer settings.

Youth VoteFest Happy Hour and Keynote Address

Join us for apps and drinks featuring special guests and young organizers working to mobilize the next generation of voters. We’ll unpack what issues are driving young people to the polls and what we voting trends can expect from this group in the fall. Keep an eye on your email and follow us on social media (@uchipolitcs) as we’ll be announcing our special guests throughout the summer.

IOP 24 Programming

IOP 24 is a suite of programming, civic engagement and internship opportunities designed for all students — from those casually interested in the 2024 elections to those seeking to work on a campaign, support a cause or run for office themselves.

Speaker Series & Fellows

Each quarter of IOP 24 is showcasing prominent speakers coming to campus to update students on the latest from the campaign trail and impart advice regarding what it’s like to run for office or work on a campaign. One of our Pritzker Fellow per quarter will be devoted to pulling back the curtain to show students how elections operate in modern American politics.

Iowa Trek

We took students on the road to Iowa for an up-close look at the Iowa caucuses. Students met with corn farmers, religious leaders, local reporters and state representatives. On Caucus Day, the group visited Trump headquarters, watched a caucus in action and attended campaign rallies as nonpartisan observers of the Donald Trump, Nikki Haley and Ron DeSantis campaigns.

Super Tuesday Workshops

We're hosting a series of workshops and special office hours for students interested in working on campaigns or running for office themselves. Sessions will focus on helping students understand the campaign landscape and gain tangible skills in data analysis, political strategy, fundraising, communications and more.

Ask Heidi/Ask David

IOP Director and former U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp along with founding IOP Director and political strategist David Axelrod are holding office hours to mentor students interested in running for office or working on campaigns.

IOP 24 Internships

We're providing internships for students during the 2023-24 academic year and throughout summer 2024. Students will work with convention planners and media organizations in the lead-up to the party conventions in Chicago and Milwaukee.

UChiVotes and Nonpartisan Voter Engagement

We'll continue to build on our existing voter engagement and education efforts across campus and the region to ensure students are registered and turn out to vote. This includes the work of UChiVotes — our student-led, nonpartisan initiative created to boost voter turnout on campus — and our student-led voter education workshops at Cook County Jail.

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