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EIU Civic Engagement and Volunteerism

Chasing the American Dream Series

 

Our intent with this program, called Chasing the American Dream Series, is to educate and engage our students around current issues, societal shifts, ways to get involved regarding local and federal government, and the upcoming Presidential election.  

One program we are going to offer each month will be a panel presentation, formatted after a Ted Talk. Each month will have a different topic but will follow the same format. We will have 3 speakers, and the first two will be informative, and the third speaker will be the call to action, or what can you do about to impact this issue. And the first 50 people who register here to join us for each presentation, will get to eat a meal FOR FREE!


January 2020

Tues. 1/14: There is one last debate for the Democratic Party before the Iowa Caucus! Join the staff of Civic Engagement & Volunteerism for the viewing of the debate! This is a safe place to just gather and watch the debate together. Food and friends are highly encouraged! The viewing will be held in Tuscola/Arcola room at 8pm.

Wed. 1/22: Join us at the Student Involvement Fair! We will have a table talking about the Chasing the American Dream series, voter registration and more! Swing by the MLK Union ballrooms anytime between 2-4:30pm!

February 2020

 Mon. 2/3: The Iowa Caucus is the first primary of the Presidential debate at 7pm! As we begin the countdown to November Election Day, the Civic Engagement & Volunteerism office wants to offer a safe place for the viewing of the results and answer questions that students may have! Join us in the MLK Jr. Union, Tuscola/Arcola room for a public viewing of the results!

 

Mon. 2/10: EIU’s panel presentation formatted after a Ted Talk! Join us for a free meal (to the first 50 who register) and to learn from 4 speakers. The discussions will range from student debt, to understanding credit scores, and understanding why students are leaving Illinois. One session led by a local non-profit will also be discussing good credit card practicing and safety tips. Each speaker has 10 minutes to help you learn about your financial health! Register to join us here! Doors open at 11:45am, and our speakers will start at 12pm! University Ballroom, MLK Union

 

Mon 2/17: Contest: Do you have a creative side? We want to see it! The Civic Engagement & Volunteerism office is challenging our students to draw, paint, or design what the American Dream means to them! Submit to Volunteer@eiu.edu or Civic Engagement Office in the MLK Jr. Union (3rd Floor). We will be giving out prizes to the top submissions. We will be sharing submissions through our social media, EIUVolunteers.

 

Thurs 2/20: The Illinois Primary happens on March 17, 2020! Get registered to vote so you can submit an early ballot before you go and enjoy spring break! Your vote is your voice, and it matters! Swing by and see us from 6:30pm-8pm in Lantz with your photo ID and a piece of mail with your local address on it!


March 2020

Tues 3/3: Voter Registration Drive! We will be at Taylor Dining Hall and can help get you registered to vote! Your vote is your voice and it matters! Swing by and see us from 11am-1pm with your photo ID and a piece of mail with your local address on it!

Tues. 3/10: EIU’s panel presentation formatted after a Ted Talk! Join us for a free meal (to the first 50 who register) and to learn from 3 speakers. The discussion will revolve around the 19th amendment which gave women in the United States the right to vote, the impact of the #MeToo movement, and the ways we can support women running for office. Each speaker has 10 minutes to help you learn. Register to join us here! Doors open at 12:15pm, and our speakers will start at 12:30pm, University Ballroom, MLK Union

Tues 3/24: Ted Talk Viewings! Like to learn more and discuss the American Dream? The American Dream is seen differently by everyone. This is an opportunity to view Ted Talks that offer different opinions of the American Dream, followed by a small discussion. Join us to learn more! Tuscola/Arcola Room. Starts at 7pm!

 

APRIL 2020

Wed 4/8: Voter Registration Drive! We will be at the Union Food Court and can help get you registered to vote! Your vote is your voice and it matters! Swing by and see us from 12:30pm-2pm with your photo ID and a piece of mail with your local address on it!

Week of April 13- TBA

Mon 4/20: EIU’s panel presentation formatted after a Ted Talk! Join us for a free meal (to the first 50 who register) and to learn from 3 speakers. The discussion will revolve around the climate change crisis, why it matters that the bees are disappearing, and what can we do in our daily lives to help save the planet. Each speaker has 10 minutes to help you learn. Register to join us here! Doors open at 12pm, and our speakers will start at 12:15pm, University Ballroom, MLK Union

 



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Civic Engagement and Volunteerism

Eastern Illinois University
MLK Jr. Union 3rd Floor
Charleston, IL 61920
217-581-3967
volunteer@eiu.edu


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