Daily Resource Highlight - 9/14/2020

Posted by on September 17, 2020 at 3:45 PM

Below are the highlights and featured resources of this past week’s Daily* Resource.

9/15/2020 - Let’s Get Uncomfortable

Talking with people who strongly disagree with you is not easy. Trying to solve big problems with such people can seem nearly impossible. Yet that’s exactly what Convergence does on topics ranging from the economy to education to healthcare -- they bring together stakeholders with seemingly incompatible views and help them find common ground and develop solutions.

This is exactly the kind of work we need to do as a country to navigate our current, turbulent political waters. Which is why we’re excited to promote Convergence’s upcoming webinar “Employing mediation skills to tackle seemingly intractable issues.” This learning experience will take place on Thursday, September 24th at 8 AM PT (11 AM ET).

If you can’t wait a week to explore the discomfort of disagreement, be sure to sign up for Braver Angels’ upcoming debate “Debate: Free Speech and Cancel Culture with Andrew Sullivan,” which will take place this Thursday at 8 PM ET. Unlike traditional debates, a Braver Angels debate is about listening to others’ perspectives and opening yourself up to greater understanding. If you feel up for the challenge, be sure to sign up today!

9/17/2020 - An SOS From HBCUs

Students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have a long and proud history of political activism, from the Freedom Rides of 1962 (Shaw University) to the Greensboro Sit-Ins of 1960 (North Carolina A&T State University). During the last Presidential election, however, there was a 10.6% drop-off in HBCU student voting and a 5.3% drop-off in Black student voting as compared with 2012.

Campus Vote Project’s new Legacy Initiative, in collaboration with the NAACP, sought to identify the reasons for this drop-off and what can be done to effectively re-engage these students. The results of those efforts can be found in this HBCU Roundtable Insights Brief.

We encourage you to read the rest of the report here. You can also sign up for a discussion on the topic here. The conversations will be occurring throughout October.

In other exciting news, our own Debilyn Molineaux will be speaking on a panel about good governance at the Shift Summit & Music Festival. You can catch her panel at 3:20 PM ET tomorrow afternoon by registering NOW! General admission is FREE.

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