Last spring, I wrote a blog on how Mudders were getting involved in the primary election. Given that today is the general election, I thought highlighting some of the election activities that have been going on virtually this semester at Mudd would be interesting.
Office of Institutional Diversity
The Office of Institutional Diversity (OID) has been hosting discussions and watch parties for the presidential and vice presidential debates. In addition, they’ve continued to hold conversations on other important topics, including anti-racism and LGBTQ+ issues.
Office of Community Engagement
The Office of Community Engagement (OCE) has been really active this semester in advocating for full participation in the election. They put together a student group, called the Power of Your Voice, which hosted a discussion about the documentary “Slay the Dragon” (which is about gerrymandering), and held office hours to help students navigate the process of registering to vote.
The OCE also has been sending out updates to all students about how to apply to be a poll worker, register to vote, and vote. In addition, they put together a really cool video featuring faculty and staff discussing why they vote, and have been hosting Zoom discussions about the debate and important issues coming up right now.
Also, we all got these awesome pins in the mail.
Lots of different student organizations have been incorporating the election into their activities this year. Mudders Making a Difference (MMAD) compiled a non-partisan voting guide for 12 states (based on where the most Mudders were from), covering ballot propositions. ASHMC’s (the student government) Sustainability Representatives put together a voting guide based on environmental policies, and the Living Learning Community (LLC), a social justice organization on campus, offered Mudders individualized help in researching local, state, and national races. And that’s just a few of the organizations that have been stepping up.
There are also other initiatives happening! Some classes today were cancelled to allow students time to vote, and others were cancelled Wednesday to give students a chance to sleep in after what may be a late night. Students have individually been volunteering in campaigns and discussing polls or ballot measures. Different professors have given lectures on voting theory or climate change, and the election has definitely been on everyone’s mind.
Harvey Mudd’s mission statement is that:
Harvey Mudd College seeks to educate engineers, scientists, and mathematicians well versed in all of these areas and in the humanities and the social sciences so that they may assume leadership in their fields with a clear understanding of the impact of their work on society.
Part of that means being aware of the political climate, and I think Mudders have been doing a really good job of that this year.