For immediate release: 1/30/18

Contact: terry.madonna@fandm.edu, faculty representative

Franklin & Marshall College students will be ambassadors to the National Campaign Conference with focus on expanding political dialogue and engagement on campuses.

CAMBRIDGE, MA – During the weekend of February 2-4, Gavriel Rubenstein, a junior, and James Galasso, a senior, will represent F&M and participate in the National Campaign for Political and Civic Engagement conference, coordinated by the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School.

This year’s conference program will focus on catalyzing broader student participation in political dialogue and engagement on college campuses. Participants will identify processes and strategies to support open, diverse and inclusive political conversations that can provide first steps toward reconnecting college students and Americans who often see no common ground.

 “We are excited to explore this year’s theme – civil discourse – with students from all over the country. The National Campaign Conference is a unique opportunity for diverse perspectives to converge and for students to explore productive and effective methods of dialogue which they can bring back to their respective campuses – a necessary and relevant course of action,” said Eloise Kaehny. Harvard College ’19, National Campaign Committee Chair.

Since 2003, the IOP-led alliance of over 30 colleges and universities has held annual conferences to identify collaborative projects, foster engagement in electoral politics, assist students in pursuing careers in public service, and provide a foundation in civic education. Led by a team of Harvard undergraduate students, the collegiate ambassadors to the National Campaign work together to achieve concrete goals, such as working with local election offices to improve the voting experience for their campus communities.

“We at the IOP are committed to supporting programs like the National Campaign, which allow students to openly discuss areas of political and social disagreement and develop strategies to expand the scope of civil discourse on campus,” said IOP Acting Director Bill Delahunt.

“As the faculty representative, I’m delighted to attend what will be a rewarding conference. This will be a great learning experience for the students, and they also get to interact with their student colleagues from all over the country,” according to G. Terry Madonna, Director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs, Franklin & Marshall College.

National Campaign conference participating academic institutions: Allegheny College, Arizona State University, Colby College, Davidson College, Elon University, Florida International University, Franklin and Marshall College, Georgetown University, Harvard University, Howard University, Louisiana State University, Mercer University, Ohio State University, Rutgers University, Saint Anselm College, Simpson College, Spelman College, Tennessee State University, Tufts University, University of Chicago, University of Delaware, University of Florida, University of Louisville, University of North Carolina, University of Oklahoma, University of Rochester, University of Southern California, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, University of Texas, Austin, University of Utah, University of Virginia