National Student Issues Convention

Have Your Students Participate in the 2020 National Student Issues Convention

October 16, noon – 3pm CST (1 p.m. – 4 p.m. EST)

To Be Conducted by Zoom Meeting

Students from universities, community colleges, and high schools across the country have for more than a decade held an annual student issues conventions. The National Student Issues convention is designed to provide a deliberative space for students to develop a student agenda and to have candidates and public officials respond to student concerns. This is particularly important in election years. You can see instructions for the program here.

If you are interested in registering your classes, please email Tony Perry or Dick Simpson (, or The registration deadline is October 1st, 2020.  We suggest the National Student Issues Agenda be put explicitly in the syllabi so students can reserve the time.  It happens live although it is recorded and press releases are issued afterwards.

The convention has four stages:

  1. Students meet in small groups to discuss the most important items for a Student Issues Agenda.
  2. A plenary of all students vote on five items based upon small group reports.
  3.  Candidates and public officials respond to the issue agenda presented by students to them.
  4. After the convention students on each campus mobilize to register students to vote, turn out the vote, and meet with public officials to push for solutions to the problems highlighted in the agenda.

Detailed instructions will be sent to faculty at participating school once they register.

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