Civic Engagement and Voting

Civic Engagement – including voting and political dialogue – is a powerful form of social change that can benefit many areas of systemic oppression. Join the PKG to learn more about how you can use our democracy to have a social impact!

The 2020 election season and beyond will provide many opportunities to learn about our democracy and how you can get involved and have your voice heard. Below are a number of programs, resources and opportunities to check out if you’re looking for how to jump in!

Please note that all programs are nonpartisan – every political view is welcome in our civic engagement programming!

Let’s Talk Voting

Let’s Talk Voting is a new program for undergraduate students who are interested in the hands-on experience of community outreach and engagement around voting, ethics and social justice. MIT’s commitment to the student experience through the funded Experiential Learning Opportunities can be used to learn about and engage in community building around voting! In this paid opportunity you’ll engage in:

  • Conducting outreach and holding virtual conversations among peers across campus 
  • Working as a team to build your understanding of topics and themes related to voting in the United States, including race, gender identity, sexual orientation and citizenship status
  • Learning how self-driven research can create a community to hold deliberative dialogue, both with those who are also informed and those who may be new to the conversation!
  • Creating a final report summarizing your findings and building a campus-wide voter engagement strategy that informed by social justice practices.

Applications are open now through September 25th

Home of Turbovote

The PKG Center is the institutional home for TurboVote, the voting platform you can use to register to vote, sign-up for election updates and receive reminders about upcoming elections. In addition to conducting outreach for platform use, the PKG Center serves as a liaison between the platform and MITvote to support their use of the platform in a greater campus-wide strategy to increase registered voters.

… and don’t forget to share with your friends! 

Student Partnerships Are Key

The PKG Center recognizes that your voices should be prioritized when considering how to engage the MIT community in civic and political dialogue and movements. We regularly engage with the groups below and encourage you to do so, too!

Civic Organizers at MIT (COMIT) is a grassroots and student-led series of (virtual) dinners to learn about and discuss a relevant and current political issue. Led by student leaders from the Undergraduate Association’s Community and Diversity Committee and the Public Affairs Committee with support from the PKG Center, students can join to practice their political dialogue skills and become more comfortable having both easy and more challenging conversations while digging deeper into a political issue. To learn more, please contact Danny at beckerd@mit.edu

MITvote is a nonpartisan group of graduates and undergraduates with the goal of engaging an active voter community on campus. Their mission is to make voting as accessible as possible to everyone and encourage civic participation on MIT’s campus. The PKG Center supports MITvote as the institutional home for TurboVote, consulting to support the organization’s strategy and leverage institutional partnerships and other activities throughout the year.

Download MITvote’s zoom backgrounds for the 2020 election!

These Zoom backgrounds were made by Shruti Ravikumar from MITvote. Read Shruti’s recent blog post on the Youth Vote here!

And really – voting is key! Don’t forget to register at mit.turbovote.org!