Archive for elections

What does voting mean to SIPA students during this midterm election?

SIPA is closed today for the 2018 U.S. elections. This is a midterm election, meaning it takes place halfway through a president’s four-year term. Today, voters across the country will go to the polls to for positions from Congress all the way to local school board members.

Over the last few weeks, SIPA students have been incredibly involved in get out the vote efforts, including student organization Civic & Voter Engagement Coalition (CiVEC). They’ve been phone banking, canvassing, registering voters, and most recently flew out to Florida, Texas, and Georgia to help get civically engaged. Many are staying in the New York and New Jersey area to help get out the vote.

Why? Here’s what voting means to them:

“Civic Engagement is a quintessential element of what makes our American democracy so beautiful and appealing to many. It is important, now more than ever, to exercise our right to vote and amplify the voices of those who believe that decency and hard work can overcome hate and polarization.” — Andres Chong-Qui Torres ’19, SIPA CiVEC Co-Founder and President

“To me, voting is about more than making my own voice heard. I vote because as a CiVEC member, SIPA student, and a progressive, I know my voice is loudest when it comes together with the voices of my friends and neighbors.” — Alexandra Yellin ’20, SIPA CiVEC Member

CiVEC students have been working to get out the vote in Florida, Texas, Georgia, New York, and New Jersey.

See more photos of SIPA CiVEC on Facebook.

SIPA Alumus Comments on Iranian Election

Recent subscribers to this blog may not be aware of another great blog – The Morningside Post (TMP).  TMP is a SIPA student blog and they have great articles on a wide variety of topics.

A great example is TMP coverage of the election in Iran.  SIPA alumnus Matteen Makolla is an Iranian-American who is currently writing a book on his travels in Iran.  TMP recent posed five questions for him.  To gain insight on the following question and others, click here for the full entry entry.

How should Obama respond to the protests? How can he and other Western leaders avoid poisoning the opposition with the appearance of Western backing?

Photo Credit to TMP

SIPA Faculty Member Comments on Recent Elections in India

It is not unusual to see SIPA faculty in the news and recently SIPA faculty member Arvind Panagariya joined Martin Savidge of World Focus to discuss the recent national elections in India and what the U.S. and Pakistan can expect from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during his second term in office.  To view the full video and the accompanying story, please visit the World Focus Web site.

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—Merit E. Janow, Dean, SIPA, Professor of Practice, International and Economic Law and International Affairs

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