Baker Center Students Attend Conference at Harvard Kennedy School's Institute of Politics
The conference focused on catalyzing broader student participation in political dialogue and engagement on college campuses. Participants identified processes and strategies to support open, diverse, and inclusive political conversations that can provide first steps toward reconnecting college students and Americans who often see no common ground.
"The National Campaign was an incredible experience. We were able to meet with students all across the country, discuss issues on our campuses, and give each other advice on new ideas and events," said Bailee Beshires, a junior Baker Ambassador. "It was fascinating to hear students from differing schools all expressing similar issues and concerns. I'm excited to bring all of the new ideas back to the University of Tennessee."
Since 2003, the IOP-led alliance of over 30 colleges and universities has held annual conferences to identify collaborative projects, foster engagement in electoral politics, assist students in pursuing careers in public service, and provide a foundation in civic education. Led by a team of Harvard undergraduate students, the collegiate ambassadors to the National Campaign work together to achieve concrete goals, such as working with local election offices to improve the voting experience for their campus communities.
"I learned that our nation is indeed divided, but the diverse group of students I had the chance to connect with gave me hope our generation can bring us together," said Nathan Timbs, a junior Baker Scholar and Ambassador. "It was comforting to block out the noise apparent all around us and have civil discourse and respectful arguments."
More information about the conference can be found here