2019 National Civic Leadership Training Summit

Live the Legacy
June 19-23, 2019
Montclair State University

Youth leadership plays a fundamental role in America’s democratic system, and the 2019 National Civic Leadership Training Summit will empower young voters to become advocates for civic engagement. Coinciding with the 55th anniversary of the murders of James Chaney, Michael Schwerner, and Andrew Goodman, the 2019 NCLTS is themed “Live the Legacy.” The conference will give Vote Everywhere Ambassadors and Campus Champions the chance to carry forth these heroes’ legacies through cultivating a more inclusive democracy.

This year’s summit will feature numerous speakers and sessions that address topics like institutionalizing voter registration, mobilizing volunteers, engaging faculty, maximizing digital civic tools, building intersectional movements, and bringing polling sites to campus. The curriculum will give young leaders the strategies and tools they need to become influential voices in today’s democracy. Furthermore, the summit will embolden these young leaders to live the legacy of civic martyrs like Andy, while also setting the foundation to form their own legacies.

150

Attendees

50

Speakers

5

Days

2019 Schedule

Wed 6/19

Time Session
7:15 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 2019 NCLTS and Montclair State University Welcome and Opening Remarks Speakers: Vote Everywhere Team Dr. Mariel Pagan, Director, Center for Student Involvement and Vote Everywhere Campus Champion, Montclair State University David Goodman, President, The Andrew Goodman Foundation
8:15 p.m. - 9:45 p.m. PANEL Live The Legacy: Honoring Andy's Legacy and Creating Your Own Moderator: Maxim Thorne, Esq., Managing Director, The Andrew Goodman Foundation Panelists: Clarence Jones, Esq., Scholar in Residence, Stanford University Evan Malbrough, Ambassador, Georgia State University Makenzie Mercer, Ambassador, Miami University Bernice Sims, Author, Detour Before Midnight

Thur 6/20

Time Session
9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. 2019 NCLTS Overview Speakers: Sylvia Golbin Goodman, Executive Director, The Andrew Goodman Foundation Vote Everywhere Team
10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. KEYNOTE Evolution of Voting Rights and the 26th Amendment Speaker: Yael Bromberg, Esq., Counsel, The Andrew Goodman Foundation
1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. KEYNOTE State of Voting Rights in 2019 Speaker: Myrna Perez, Esq., Deputy Director of the Democracy Program, Brennan Center for Justice
2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. PANEL Increasing Voter Access Moderator: Yael Bromberg, Esq., Counsel, The Andrew Goodman Foundation Panelists: Yark Beyan, Alumna, Stony Brook University Monica Clarke, Campus Champion, Alabama A&M University Ava Mazzye, Ambassador, Bard College Megan Miller, Campus Champion, University of Wisconsin-Madison Zoë Williamson, Alumna, Louisiana State University
3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. SESSION Voter Registration Tips and Tricks Facilitator: Taryn Dwyer, Program and Fellowship Manager, The Andrew Goodman Foundation Speakers: Amaya Fox, Ambassador, University of San Francisco Katherine Liming, Co-chair, Vote Everywhere Alumni Association Andrew Straky, Ambassador, Georgetown University
4:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. ACTIVITY Unconference Facilitator: Margaret Sasser, Program and Communications Manager, The Andrew Goodman Foundation BREAKOUT Campus Champion Convening Facilitator: Karena Cronin, Program Director, The Andrew Goodman Foundation
7:15 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. ACTIVITY Film Screening "Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook" Facilitator: Karena Cronin, Program Director, The Andrew Goodman Foundation

Fri 6/21

Time Session
9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. PANEL Talking Politics and Issue-Based Advocacy Moderator: Alex Dennis, Campus Champion, East Carolina University Panelists: Rebecca Diaz, Alumna, Miami Dade College-Wolfson Kathy Gaweda, Ambassador, Bard College Sara Mears, Ambassador, Western Carolina University Ariana Robert Martinex, Ambassador, University of San Francisco
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. PANEL Technology and the Youth Vote: Lessons Learned Moderator: Justyna Krygowska, Communications Director, The Andrew Goodman Foundation Speakers: Kamari Guthrie, Director of Communications, Vote.org Shabd Simon-Alexander, Co-founder and Organizing Director, Let NY Vote BREAKOUT 1 GOTV and the Promise of Digital Organizing Moderator: Justyna Krygowska, Communications Director, The Andrew Goodman Foundation Speakers: Jacqueline Beveridge, Alumna, Georgetown University Brad Raimondo, Political Organizer Magdalen Sangiolo, Operations and Program Manager, Vote.org BREAKOUT 2 Building Civic Culture Through Texting Moderator: Mariah Ross, Digital Marketing Manager, The Andrew Goodman Foundation Speakers: Shabd Simon-Alexander, Co-founder and Organizing Director, Let NY Vote Alison Twang, Campus Champion, Binghamton University Paul Valdez, Bowling Green State University
12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. SESSION Campus Champion Lunch and Strategy Workshop Facilitator: Karena Cronin, Program Director, The Andrew Goodman Foundation
1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. PANEL Puffin Democracy Fellows: Lessons in Civic Activism Moderator: Taryn Dwyer, Program and Fellowship Manager, The Andrew Goodman Foundation Panelists: Usjid Hameed, Puffin Democracy Fellow Maydee Martinez, Puffin Democracy Fellow Megan Newsome, Puffin Democracy Fellow Valencia Richardson, Puffin Democracy Fellow Dana Sweeney, Puffin Democracy Fellow
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. SESSION Best Practices in Movement Building BREAKOUT 1 Volunteer Mobilization Facilitator: Erika R. Burnett, Regional Program Manager, The Andrew Goodman Foundation Speakers: Grace Bordelon, Ambassador, Louisiana State University R. Harrison Cater, Ambassador, Bowling Green State University Dana Sweeney, Puffin Democracy Fellow BREAKOUT 2 Coalition Building Facilitator: Taryn Dwyer, Program and Fellowship Manager, The Andrew Goodman Foundation Speakers: Usjid Hameed, Puffin Democracy Fellow Kiley Murray, Ambassador, University of North Carolina - Charlotte Dr. Mariel Pagan, Campus Champion, Montclair State University BREAKOUT 3 Exerting Pressure Facilitator: Christina Sanders, Regional Program Manager, The Andrew Goodman Foundation Speaker: Maydee Martinex, Puffin Democracy Fellow Valencia Richardson, Puffin Democracy Fellow BREAKOUT 4 Op-Eds that Influence Facilitator: Margaret Sasser, Program and Communications Manager, The Andrew Goodman Foundation Speakers: Sophia Geringswald, Ambassador, Binghamton University Megan Newsome, Puffin Democracy Fellow Zoë Williamson, Louisiana State University
3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. SESSION Establishing the Vote Everywhere Brand Speaker: Justyna Krygowska, Communications Director, The Andrew Goodman Foundation
7:45 p.m. - 9:15 p.m. ACTIVITY Film Screening "Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Historically Black Colleges and Universities" Facilitator: Erika R. Burnett, Regional Program Manager, The Andrew Goodman Foundation

Sat 6/22

Time Session
11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. SESSION Preparing for 2020 BREAKOUT 1 Centennial of the 19th Amendment Facilitator: Karena Cronin, Program Director, The Andrew Goodman Foundation Speakers: Sharon Nelson, CEO and President, Civically Re-Engaged Women Dr. Sally Wagner, Author, The Women's Suffrage Movement BREAKOUT 2 2020 Census: What's at Stake Facilitator: Christina Sanders, Regional Program Manager, The Andrew Goodman Foundation Speakers: Keshia Morris, Census & Mass Incarceration Project Manager, Common Cause Patricia Williamson, New Jersey Counts Project Director, New Jersey Institute for Social Justice
1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. SESSION Campus Action Planning 101: Setting Goals and Strategies with Your Landscape in Mind Facilitators: Vote Everywhere Team
2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. SESSION Campus Action Planning 102: Identifying Tactics and Timelines Facilitators: Vote Everywhere Team
4:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. ACTIVITY Unconference Facilitator: Taryn Dwyer, Program and Fellowship Manager, The Andrew Goodman Foundation
7:15 p.m. - 9:15 p.m. HIDDEN HEROES PANEL AND AWARD CEREMONY Hosts: David Goodman, President, The Andrew Goodman Foundation Karena Cronin, Program Director, The Andrew Goodman Foundation Speaker: Dr. Karen Pennington, Vice President for Student Development and Campus Life, Montclair State University Musical Performers: Radha CJ Tyson PANEL Reimagining Our Democracy Moderator: Angeline Vuong, Campus Champion, University of San Francisco Panelists: The Honorable Park Cannon, Representative, Georgia's 58th District Tarso Luís Ramos, Executive Director, Political Research Associates Dana Sweeney, Puffin Democracy Fellow AWARD CEREMONY Video Address: Stacey Abrams, 2018 Georgia gubernatorial candidate and founder of Fair Fight Action 2019 Honorees: Jacqueline Beveridge, Alumna, Georgetown University Yark Beyan, Alumna, Stony Brook University Rebecca Diaz, Alumna, Miami Dade College - Wolfson Ava Mazzye, Ambassador, Bard College Zoë Williamson, Alumna, Louisiana State University

Sun 6/23

Time Session
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 2019 NCLTS Closing Remarks Speakers: Sylvia Golbin Goodman, Executive Director, The Andrew Goodman Foundation Vote Everywhere Team

2019 Speakers

Our National Civic Leadership Training Summit speakers come from all over the country and are made up of Vote Everywhere Ambassadors, Alumni, and Campus Champions, Puffin Democracy Fellows, AGF board members and staff, key partners, and civil rights activists.

STACEY ABRAMS

STACEY ABRAMS

Founder, Fair Fight Action
(Video Address)

Jacqueline Beveridge

Jacqueline Beveridge

Andrew Goodman Ambassador, Georgetown University

Yark Beyan

Yark Beyan

Andrew Goodman Ambassador, Stony Brook University

Grace Bordelon

Grace Bordelon

Andrew Goodman Ambassador, Louisiana State University

YAEL BROMBERG, ESQ.

YAEL BROMBERG, ESQ.

Chief Counsel for Voting Rights (Outside Counsel), The Andrew Goodman Foundation

ERIKA R. BURNETT

ERIKA R. BURNETT

Regional Program Manager, The Andrew Goodman Foundation

PARK CANNON

PARK CANNON

Representative, Georgia's 58th District

R. Harrison Carter

R. Harrison Carter

Andrew Goodman Ambassador, Bowling Green State University

Monica Clarke

Monica Clarke

Coordinator, Student Support Services and Vote Everywhere Campus Champion, Alabama A&M University

KARENA CRONIN

KARENA CRONIN

Vote Everywhere Program Director, The Andrew Goodman Foundation

EMILY CURRAN, PH.D.

EMILY CURRAN, PH.D.

Communications and Development Manager, The Andrew Goodman Foundation

Alex Dennis

Alex Dennis

Assistant Director, Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement and Vote Everywhere Campus Champion, East Carolina University

Rebecca Diaz

Rebecca Diaz

Andrew Goodman Ambassador, Miami Dade College - Wolfson

TARYN DWYER

TARYN DWYER

Program and Fellowship Manager, The Andrew Goodman Foundation

Amaya Fox

Amaya Fox

Andrew Goodman Ambassador, University of San Francisco

Katarzyna “Kathy” Gaweda

Katarzyna “Kathy” Gaweda

Andrew Goodman Ambassador, Bard College

Sophia Geringswald

Sophia Geringswald

Andrew Goodman Ambassador, Binghamton University

SYLVIA GOLBIN GOODMAN

SYLVIA GOLBIN GOODMAN

Executive Director, The Andrew Goodman Foundation

DAVID GOODMAN

DAVID GOODMAN

President, The Andrew Goodman Foundation

Kamari Guthrie

Kamari Guthrie

Director of Communications, Vote.org

Usjid Hameed

Usjid Hameed

Puffin Democracy Fellow, The Andrew Goodman Foundation

KEVIN HURTADO

KEVIN HURTADO

Communications and Development Associate

CLARENCE B. JONES, ESQ.

CLARENCE B. JONES, ESQ.

Scholar in Residence, Stanford University

JUSTYNA KRYGOWSKA

JUSTYNA KRYGOWSKA

Communications Director, The Andrew Goodman Foundation

Katherine Liming

Katherine Liming

University of Dayton Vote Everywhere Alumna and Alumni Association Co-Chair

Evan Malbrough

Evan Malbrough

Andrew Goodman Ambassador, Georgia State University - Atlanta

Ariana Robert Martinez

Ariana Robert Martinez

Andrew Goodman Ambassador, University of San Francisco

Maydee Martinez

Maydee Martinez

Puffin Democracy Fellow, The Andrew Goodman Foundation

Ava Mazzye

Ava Mazzye

Andrew Goodman Ambassador, Bard College

Sara Mears

Sara Mears

Andrew Goodman Ambassador, Western Carolina University

Makenzie Mercer

Makenzie Mercer

Andrew Goodman Ambassador, Miami University

Megan Miller

Megan Miller

Assistant Director of Civic Engagement and Communications, Morgridge Center for Public Service and Vote Everywhere Campus Champion, University of Wisconsin - Madison

KESHIA MORRIS

KESHIA MORRIS

Census & Mass Incarceration Project Manager, Common Cause

Kiley Murray

Kiley Murray

Andrew Goodman Ambassador, University of North Carolina - Charlotte

SHARON I. NELSON

SHARON I. NELSON

CEO & President, Civically Re-Engaged Women (CREW)

Megan Newsome

Megan Newsome

Puffin Democracy Fellow, The Andrew Goodman Foundation

Mariel Pagan, Ph.D.

Mariel Pagan, Ph.D.

Director, Center for Student Involvement and Vote Everywhere Campus Champion, Montclair State University

DR. KAREN PENNINGTON

DR. KAREN PENNINGTON

Vice President for Student Development and Campus Life, Montclair State University

MYRNA PÉREZ

MYRNA PÉREZ

Deputy Director, Brennan Center for Justice Democracy Program

Brad Raimondo

Brad Raimondo

Political Organizer

Tarso Luís Ramos

Tarso Luís Ramos

Executive Director, Political Research Associates

Valencia Richardson

Valencia Richardson

Puffin Democracy Fellow, The Andrew Goodman Foundation

MARIAH ROSS

MARIAH ROSS

Digital Marketing Manager, The Andrew Goodman Foundation

CHRISTINA SANDERS

CHRISTINA SANDERS

Regional Program Manager, The Andrew Goodman Foundation

Magdalen Sangiolo

Magdalen Sangiolo

Operations and Programs Manager

MARGARET SASSER

MARGARET SASSER

Program and Communications Manager, The Andrew Goodman Foundation

Shabd Simon-Alexander

Shabd Simon-Alexander

Co-founder and Organizing Director, Let NY Vote

BERNICE SIMS, LCSW

BERNICE SIMS, LCSW

Author, Detour Before Midnight

Andrew Straky

Andrew Straky

Andrew Goodman Ambassador, Georgetown University

Dana Sweeney

Dana Sweeney

Puffin Democracy Fellow, The Andrew Goodman Foundation

MAXIM THORNE, ESQ.

MAXIM THORNE, ESQ.

Managing Director, The Andrew Goodman Foundation

Alison Twang

Alison Twang

Associate Director, Center for Civic Engagement and Vote Everywhere Campus Champion, Binghamton University

Paul Valdez

Paul Valdez

Associate Director, Center for Community & Civic Engagement and Vote Everywhere Campus Champion, Bowling Green State University

DR. SALLY ROESCH WAGNER, PH.D.

DR. SALLY ROESCH WAGNER, PH.D.

Executive Director, The Matilda Joselyn Gage Foundation

PATRICIA WILLIAMSON

PATRICIA WILLIAMSON

New Jersey Counts Project Director, New Jersey Institute for Social Justice

Zoë Williamson

Zoë Williamson

Andrew Goodman Ambassador, Louisiana State University

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Incubating a New Generation of Leaders at the National Civic Leadership Training Summit

On the 50th anniversary of the Voting Right Act, The Andrew Goodman Foundation hosted its first National Civic Leadership Training Summit. Every year, we bring together Vote Everywhere Ambassadors from participating campuses for several days of intensive training. Through hands-on projects, lectures, and leadership development activities, Vote Everywhere Ambassadors learn the fundamentals of impact-oriented campus organizing and voter engagement. The Summit is offered exclusively to AGF Vote Everywhere Ambassadors, with preference given to Team Leaders. For more information, contact your school’s Program Manager.

Past Events

2015

Summit Recap

In order to prepare students to effectively engage their campus communities in social change work, AGF held their first Vote Everywhere National Civic Leadership Training Summit during the summer of 2015. Over the 3 day summit, the Ambassadors from 23 colleges and universities across the nation participated in panels and training sessions that strengthened their teambuilding and leadership skills to prepare them for the upcoming school year. Also in attendance was former advisor to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Clarence B. Jones, who held a fireside chat to discuss MLK’s strategy and applying his messaging/tactics to 21st century movements. The annual summit arrived at a historic moment for the nation, and honored the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act by giving Ambassadors the tools and resources they needed in order to bring down barriers to voting.

2016

Summit Recap

Tackling the intersection between the Civil Rights Movement and the 2016 general election, the 35 Vote Everywhere Ambassadors in attendance were joined by Dr. Clarence B. Jones, Civil Rights pioneer and Martin Luther King’s lawyer, chief strategist, and speechwriter, to talk about the lessons learned from the movement. Over the 4 days, the Ambassadors participated in over 20 training sessions that dove deeper into subjects like eliminating voting barriers, organizing, media and branding, public policy, as well as leadership, and teambuilding. In addition, VE’s national partners, TurboVote and Campus Vote Project, offered information and guidance on voter registration processes and procedures. The trainings left students both excited and prepared to head to campus in the fall and implement what they had learned.

2017

Summit Recap

In an effort to make democracy accessible for everyone, the 2017 National Civic Leadership Training Summit brought together Vote Everywhere Ambassadors under the theme of “Democracy Never Sleeps.” The 43 Ambassadors in attendance trained for the upcoming school year through panel sessions with topics that ranged from institutionalizing voter registration and managing teams to reporting data and media relations. The schedule also included team building activities, discussions, and a screening of the Oscar-nominated documentary, “13th.” In addition, The Andrew Goodman Foundation’s partners from Nonprofit VOTE, League of Women Voters, The Puffin Foundation, Young Invincibles, and the SLSV Coalition conducted trainings on nonpartisanship, voter registration and GOTV, and strategic campus planning.

2018

Summit Recap

July 9-14, 2018 | Ramapo College of New Jersey

In accordance with its tradition of upholding democratic freedoms and promoting civic engagement, the 2018 National Civic Leadership Training Summit reached new heights in cultivating youth leadership. Themed “Defending Our Democracy,” the 2018 NCLTS saw 100 attendees during the six-day summit, making it the largest conference to date. As the first conference to take place at one of Vote Everywhere’s partner campuses, Ramapo College of New Jersey, the summit embodied the growing influence campuses have in cultivating change. Throughout the course of the summit, speakers discussed how to navigate today’s increasingly complicated and decisive political environment, while preserving democratic ideals. The summit’s sessions specifically addressed topics like alliance building, voter accessibility, GOTV and voter registration initiatives, nonpartisanship, and campus action planning. At the summit’s end, five Vote Everywhere alumni were honored at the Hidden Hero Awards Ceremony, all of whom epitomized what it means to defend our democracy.