Want to give your opinion about civic engagement and get free food? Stetson has been selected to be a case study for a national research project about student civic and political engagement. As a student, you are invited to participate in a focus group to talk about your experiences on campus related to civic and political engagement. This special focus group will take place tomorrow (Tuesday) night from 5-7 p.m. in CUB 204. Free food (pizza!) will be provided. Note, however, that we will have to limit this to the first eight people who RSVP. Email Kevin Winchell at firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP for this event.
Our institution participated in the National Study on Voting Learning and Engagement (NSLVE) by the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE). CIRCLE conducts research on civic education in schools, colleges, and community settings and on young Americans’ voting and political participation, service, activism, and other forms of civic engagement. It is based at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University (see website for more details). NSLVE provided your institution a campus report with information about registration and voting rates on your campus. 260 other institutions also participated. After developing a sophisticated model for predicting voting rates, the CIRCLE research team concluded our institution was a positive outlier—a campus with a higher voting rate than predicted. CIRCLE will be conducting individual and focus group interviews to understand our campus climate as it relates specifically to political learning and engagement.
During this discussion, they hope to learn of your experiences, attitudes and perspectives on this topic. As a student, you have the most direct experience with your campus culture and have an important voice to share. Your insights will be pivotal to understanding the campus climate. They are happy to share interview questions with you beforehand as well as our interview protocol and consent form (by contacting me by replying to this email). If willing to participate, please email Kevin Winchell (email@example.com) to RSVP.