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Dinners for Democracy


Big Ten Dinners for Democracy offer nonpartisan presentations and small group discussion on current topics and issues important to students and the role local elections play in determining policy around these issues. A concept developed by University of Michigan’s Turn up Turnout, the dinners also provide an opportunity to meet students from across the conference and engage in thoughtful conversations across differing political views. Participating students will gain a deeper understanding of individual issues and the importance of voting in local offices. The presentations conclude with additional resources to allow students to continue their exploration of these individual topics and broader issues of democratic governance. Upon completion of the Big Ten Dinner for Democracy, virtual attendees receive a $15 gift card as a thank you for participating.

Jun 28, 2022 6:00 PM

The University of Michigan’s Alyssa Donovan and Rutgers University’s Ethan Block lead an organized collaborative discussion with students across the Big Ten on preventing gun violence in America.

The recent string of mass shootings has once again captured the American public’s attention about gun violence in our country. Each time these tragedies occur, we see passionate pleas for regulation of guns and the raising of familiar questions about the role mental health, social media, socio-economic factors, race, and current policy play in escalating violence. Join this student-led conversation with students from the Big Ten schools to discuss what can be done to prevent gun violence.

a portrait of Edie Goldenberg
Dinners for Democracy help students connect the dots between the issues they care about and how to use their votes to make a positive difference to those issues
- Edie Goldenberg, Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, University of Michigan; Founder and Faculty Advisor, Turn up Turnout