2022 Tennessee Civic Campus Summit - 2 Day Event

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Join college campuses from across Tennessee as we explore unique perspectives on student voting and civic literacy.

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The nonpartisan Tennessee Campus Civic Summit is a platform for students and staff to reaffirm the best practices that foster civic capacity in the next generation of Tennessee citizens.

Gold Sponsors: Campus Vote Project, Students Learn Students Vote,

Silver Sponsors: Student PIRGs

The main summit event will be on Friday, February 25th, 2022. This student-led event features a keynote speaker, a leadership luncheon with civic leaders and elected officials, collaborative campus roundtables, and presentations on the latest civic engagement strategies. Participants engage in discussions, share resources, and engage with a community of civic and campus leaders. The students create and launch civic engagement plans that will be carried out through institutional frameworks impacting civic capacity and civic literacy.

To remove attendance barriers, the 2022 Summit will introduce a virtual hybrid model. The main sessions will be virtual, while each school will host its own in-person mini-Summit led by a student/faculty leader that includes; a leadership luncheon and a collaborative campus action planning session. Before the Summit, each participating campus team will receive pre-reading, leadership training, and an on-site Summit Toolkit.

This year we are introducing the Campus Civic Summit Social Saturday. On Saturday, February 26th there will be an optional three hour event dedicated to connecting and networking with students and staff across the state, networking with local and national civic leaders as well as a session for statewide goal setting.

Pre-register now to help TCDN staff prepare to support your campus in our first year with this virtual hybrid model.

Keynote Speaker Aarian Forman

Aarian J. Forman is rapidly becoming an influential voice for change in Tennessee and the southeastern region of the United States. A graduate of Tennessee State University, he served as President of SGA. He has played an integral role in state house campaigns as well as advising initiatives to push the agenda of those who are often marginalized. Aarian is Founder and Creative Director of AJ Media Solutions and is the Co-Founder of Xceleader.

Xceleader is a nonprofit organization focused on cultivating the next generation of student leaders at historically black colleges and universities (HBCU). Their mission is to develop communities of student leaders dedicated to driving positive social change within HBCU campuses across the country.

Members of the planning committee include:

  • Austin Peay State State University
  • Belmont University
  • Cleveland State Community College
  • Columbia State Community College
  • Daymar College
  • East Tennessee State University
  • Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy
  • Lane College
  • Maryville College
  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • Pellissippi State
  • Tennessee State University
  • Tusculum University
  • University of Memphis
  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Vanderbilt University
  • All in Challenge
  • The Andrew Goodman Foundation
  • Campus Vote Project
  • Students Learn Students Vote
  • Student Organizing Inc
  • Student PIRGs
  • Tennessee Campus Democracy Network


This event will be held across the state for participants in both Central and Eastern time zones, so keep a close eye on the times for each session!

We are also offering all-day virtual sessions for campuses that are not hosting on-site sessions. We'll be in touch after you register to update you on your campus.

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DAY ONE - Friday, February 25th

9:30-3:30 PM CST (10:30-4:30 EST)

9:30 - 10:20 CST (10:30-11:20 EST) Summit Kick-Off and Welcome - Session One

Welcome and Keynote Speakers Aarian Forman from Xceleader

10:20 - 11:00 CST (11:20- 12:00 EST) Breakout Workshops Groups - Session Two

Breakout 1: Campus Organizing 101 and Campus Voting Barriers

Breakout 2: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - How to Build a Campus Coalition with Representation

Breakout 3: History of Youth Voter Activism in the Volunteer State

11:00 - 12:20 CST (12:00-1:20 EST) In-person Intimate Lunch with Local Leaders - Session Three

12:20 - 1:00 CST (1:20 - 2:00 EST) Tennessee Student Panel - Session Four

Student leader panel sharing insights, things they have done that were successful, lessons learned

“How Do We Engage Student Non-Voters?” - “ Building Your Advocacy Toolbox to Prepare for 2022” - “What’s worked in TN”

1:00 - 1:15 CST (2:00 - 2:15 EST) Virtual Votes and Ballots Introduction - Session Five

Join virtually as Students Learn Students Vote facilitator. welcomes everyone back and introduces Votes and Ballots Activity

1:15-3:15 CST (2:15 - 4:15 EST) In-person Collaborative work on Campus Action Plan - Session Six

3:15 - 3:30 CST (4:15 - 4:30 EST) Virtual Closing - Session Seven

Join virtually for closing

Day TWO - Saturday State Social - Optional for Attendees

11:00-2:00 CST (12:00-3:00 EST)

Network Breakouts and State Goal Setting

11:00-11:15 CST (12:00 - 12:15 EST) Welcome - Session 1

Welcome back, introductions, and review the schedule for the day.

11:15-11:45 CST (12:14 - 12:45 EST) Saturday Interschool Social - Session 2

Students will be grouped into pods of 8-10. Faculty and staff will separately be grouped into pods of 8-10. Pods will get to know each other, exchange contact information, and discuss goals, tips, and tricks for campus civic engagement.

11:45 -12:30 CST (12:45 -1:30 EST) Civic Leader Speed Friending - Session 3

Groups of 3-5 Students & faculty network with national partners and local leaders for 5 minutes at a time. Students can learn about fellowship and career opportunities, and National Partners will promote their programs. Leaders will share what they do and any opportunities for student civic leaders.

12:30-1:45 CST (1:30 - 2:45 EST) Statewide Goal-setting - Session 4

Collaborative action-planning to set goals for colleges and universities across the state of Tennessee, using virtual Votes & Ballots Mural tool. Facilitated by Students Learn Students Vote. Feel free to eat at your computer while we goal set!

1:45-2:00 CST (2:45 - 3:00 EST) Closing - Session 5

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