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Spelman Professor Dorian Crosby Creates 2016 Presidential Election SurveySpelman Professor Provides Responses to 2016 Election Survey

Dorian Brown Crosby, Ph.D., C'91, assistant professor of political science, conducted a study in which a 23-question survey was distributed to all HBCUS by email and social media from Oct. 4 - Nov. 8.

READ the RESULTS

 


Day of Reflection and Conversation

Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016

At 12:15 p.m., faculty, staff and students gathered in the June Gary Hopps Atrium in Manley Center to have lunch and discuss the national elections and the path forward.

Sisters Chapel was also open for prayer, meditation and reflection; the WISDOM Center was open for small group gatherings, reflection and prayer; and in the spirit of community, there were group games for students in the Wellness Center.

View:  President Mary Schmidt Campbell's Letter to the Community

Spelman Takes Action

Students, faculty and staff from the Atlanta University Center institutions came together to weigh in on the results of the 2016 presidential election.

WHEN:

Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016
7 p.m. - 12 a.m.

WHERE:

Spelman College Upper and Lower Manley Student Center
350 Spelman Lane, SW
Atlanta, GA 30314
(GPS Address: 440 Westview Drive, SW Atlanta 30310)

WHAT:

Three key demographics -- young, African-American, and women voters “locked-in” at Spelman College to watch the culmination of the 2016 presidential election. Hosted by the Office of Student Life and Engagement and the Spelman Student Government Association, several appearances were made by who’s who in entertainment, local and state government and other special guests.

WHY?:

Political analysts have speculated that selection of the next president is contingent on gaining majority support from three key voting blocs – young, minority and women voters. With voter apathy a concern for both the Clinton and Trump campaigns, the question was: will these groups turn out to vote on Nov. 8?  According to Pew Research Center, President Obama won 60 percent of the vote among those younger than 30, which proved to be an important factor in his 2012 victory. A record 66 percent of Black eligible voters voted in 2012 according to the Census Bureau, helping President Obama win in key swing states. And, according to the Roper Center at Cornell University, women, a key target for both the Clinton and Trump campaigns, made up 53 percent of the electorate in 2012.

Spelman Hosts Election Lock-in 2016


Spelman College and the Spelman Student Government Association, in partnership with other Spelman organizations, have launched a civic engagement campaign called #SpelmanTakesAction, that integrates voter education and registration and voting.

The Election Lock In was one of numerous events under the #SpelmanTakesAction campaign umbrella.

WHY?:

Political analysts have speculated that selection of the next president is contingent on gaining majority support from three key voting blocs – young, minority and women voters. With voter apathy a concern for both the Clinton and Trump campaigns, the question was: will these groups turn out to vote on Nov. 8?  According to Pew Research Center, President Obama won 60 percent of the vote among those younger than 30, which proved to be an important factor in his 2012 victory. A record 66 percent of Black eligible voters voted in 2012 according to the Census Bureau, helping President Obama win in key swing states. And, according to the Roper Center at Cornell University, women, a key target for both the Clinton and Trump campaigns, made up 53 percent of the electorate in 2012.

Spelman College and the Spelman Student Government Association, in partnership with other Spelman organizations, have launched a civic engagement campaign called #SpelmanTakesAction, that integrates voter education and registration and voting. The Election Lock In was one of numerous events under the #SpelmanTakesAction campaign umbrella.



Engage. Lead. Transform.

Spelman Community EngagementThe community surrounding the AUC is changing. As the Atlanta Committee for Progress states, "The challenges of concentrated poverty and disinvestment in residential properties make coordinated revitalization in this area particularly challenging.

Like the ACP, Westside residents, neighborhood planning committees, activists, business owners and educators, we believe those planning to develop in Westside areas, are required to "ensure that fifteen years from now, the lives of the people who live in the Westside today are fundamentally better because of improvements in the neighborhood’s educational and economic opportunities."

In the News: Atlanta’s Westside ‘Action Plan’ strives to improve lives of residents

[ More information on Westside Stand Up ]

 

Our Timeline

  • Sep

    27

    Deadline for AUC Development Plan to be submitted to the Plan Westside team.
  • Sep

    30

    5:30 p.m.

    Campus-wide Town Hall meeting where attendees will voice their ideas.

  • TBD

    Press conference featuring presentation of five-year plan by Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell.

  • Dec

    1

    Plan Westside Summit: President Campbell and student leaders will present the Five-year Plan.

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