What is #BruinVote16?
#BruinVote16 is a student-led initiative designed to encourage fellow students to educate themselves on the issues and make their voices heard through their vote on November 8. This initiative is tied to #CollegeDebate16, a national, non-partisan initiative to empower young voters to identify issues and engage peers in the presidential election process.
Learn more, ask questions and see how you can get involved with #BruinVote16.
Sat27Aug201610:30 amThe Lawn
Not registered to vote? Get registered so you can make your voice heard!
Hear Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett speak on the importance of becoming involved in the political process and the first step of that—registering to vote. Speaking engagement will be followed by a voter registration fair.
Wed14Sep20166:00 pmLarge Theatre in Johnson Center
Watch acclaimed film that highlights the importance of civil discourse.
Tue20Sep2016Time and location TBD
Hear fellow students discuss the issues most relevant to our generation.
Mon26Sep20168:00 pmBeaman Lobby
Watch the first presidential debate live from Hofstra University.
Tue27Sep20161-4pmMaddox Grand Atrium
Stop by this fair to meet people from various political parties and student organizations. Also, get registered so you can make your voice heard!
Fri30Sep201610:00 amBeaman A&B
Come hear the Hon. Fabian Bedne, the only sitting Latino councilman of the Metro Nashville council, speak about civic engagement, especially for New Americans. This event will be for "Global Citizenship/Diversity" convocation credit.
Tue04Oct20168:00 pmBeaman A&B
Watch the VP debate live from Longwood University.
Wed05Oct20165:00pm-6:30pmVince Gill Room
Come hear leading voices in politics discuss the growing influence women have on the political landscape. Scheduled to appear are Metro Council Member for the 18th District Burkley Allen, Chairman of the Metro Nashville Board of Education Dr. Sharon Gentry, and Tennessee State Senator Thelma Harper.
Sun09Oct20168:00 pmSmall theatre in Johnson Center
Watch the second presidential debate live from Washington University.
Fri14Oct201610:00 amInman Health Science Building 211
The focus of this nonpartisan convo will be to explore these topics and also to learn about resources to help you understand election year processes and think critically about your involvement
Mon17Oct201610:00 amJAAC 4094 C
Anger, despair, cynicism, ignorance, taking sides… surely there are other options for citizenship coming from conviction. How will this democratic experiment turn out and what part will we play in 2016? In his book Healing the Heart of Democracy, Parker J. Palmer reclaims the five habits of the heart proposed by Alexis de Tocqueville. Come and explore the five habits, moving station to station, discussing how to develop deeply ingrained ways of seeing, being, and responding to life so as to sustain our democracy.
Hear Nashville's former two-term Mayor speak about his time as a public servant and the importance of your vote.
Come hear from Councilwoman At Large Sharon Hurt as she discusses her involvement in the democratic process, from her undergraduate sorority all of the way to her position on the Metropolitan Council.
When there are more than two choices ("candidates") under consideration in a vote, various voting methods are commonly used to determine the winning choice. For example, listing top college sports teams and selecting a host site for the Olympics use voting methods that involve ranking candidates to determine the winner. Ideally, the voting method used for a given situation accurately measures the "will of the people." During this interactive session, we will explore several different voting methods and consider advantages and shortcomings of each. We will also briefly hear of some actual examples from recent years, including a vote about voting in Great Britain and U.S. Presidential elections since 1992.
Convocation: Society and the Arts & Sciences Speaker: Dr. Mike Pinter
Wed19Oct20168:00 pmBeaman A&B
Watch the final presidential debate live from UNLV. WKRN will be broadcasting live, and anchor and "This Week" host Bob Mueller will lead a discussion following the debate.
The political world is inundated with data. Between open government data sets detailing every vote, committee membership, and campaign contribution, and the vast swathes of data that the government has on us, the political process is truly driven by data. We'll discuss the data open to us as citizens which can help us stay informed, as well as the data politicians use to optimize their campaign process.
Convocation: Society and the Arts & Sciences Speaker: Grayson Carroll
Mon31Oct201610:00 amThe Chapel
Come hear Barbara Williams-Skinner, former executive director of the Congressional Black Caucus and former chair of the board of the Christian Community Development Association, speak to politics and religion.
Tue01Nov20166:00 pmBeaman A&B
Hear student leaders from Democrat, Republican, Libertarian and Green parties discuss the platforms and ideals of their parties, as led by the Tennessean's David Plazas. This may be your last chance to hear the ideals of each before election day!
Tue08Nov20168:00 pmBeaman A&B
Join your fellow students as we watch the results roll in on election night. Pizza, snacks and drinks will be offered to sustain you for what could be a late night!
How do I register to vote?
Find information on how to register to vote here.
Who are the candidates?
Download the #BruinVote16 logo to display on your own social media or as a desktop wallpaper.