Interim Provost Jan Love and Dean of Campus Life Enku Gelaye recently wrote to Emory students, faculty, and staff, “as a community of scholars who believe education requires diverse perspectives, Emory supports an environment where the open expression of ideas is valued, promoted and encouraged through active listening and engaged dialogue." For example, the Emory Votes Initiative this fall aims to foster a more engaged campus by providing nonpartisan voter information, supporting voter turnout, and empowering our community with credible resources.
Advancement and Alumni Engagement is offering Election Series programming through November and is launching Emory Civic Dinners as more intimate events to foster dialogue, unite people and inspire action. You can also have an immediate impact on Emory’s efforts to build civic engagement on campus and in Atlanta by supporting the programs below.
Atlanta Urban Debate League is committed to providing excellent debate education programs to diverse students, educators, and community members by teaching, and empowering them with life skills necessary to make a positive impact in the world. For more than 30 years, the Atlanta Urban Debate League has cultivated a forum in which local, regional, and national communities can access the skills of critical thinking, research, public presentation, and advocacy through quality debate education. Gifts to the Atlanta Urban Debate League support scholarships for high school students to attend summer camps and provide support for programs in the K-12 system in Atlanta.
Barkley Forum - Driven by a desire to assist in making Emory a "destination university internationally recognized as an inquiry-driven, ethically engaged, and diverse community, whose members work collaboratively for positive transformation in the world through courageous leadership," the Barkley Forum supports competitive debate, community outreach, and campus engagement activities. Gifts to the Barkley Forum Unrestricted Fund provide the program director with operational funds to meet the immediate needs of the program.
The James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference supports research, teaching, and public dialogue that examine race and intersecting dimensions of human difference including, but not limited to, class, gender, religion, and sexuality. Gifts to the James Weldon Johnson Institute Programming fund support public programs and events. For example, in 2019 the Institute presented three public dialogues on race and difference, assembling panels of scholars to share insights and offer policy recommendations.
The Oxford College Civic Engagement and Democratic Participation (CEDP) program supports the Emory Votes Initiative by providing faculty with resources across disciplines to promote non-partisan, civic engagement and encourage their students and advisees to participate actively in democracy. Gifts to this fund support the administration of the program with the goal of increasing student civic participation. To date, philanthropic gifts have been used to support a student worker and allow faculty to attend national conferences on civic engagement.
“Debate has engaged my students in conversations about topics beyond the curriculum. My students are becoming better listeners and collaborators. It has taught them to think more critically about what they hear and what they read.” – Pamela Jackson, L.P. Miles Elementary Debate Coach and involved with Atlanta Urban Debate League