Our Time is Now: How America’s Youth Can Impact our American Democracy

October 24, 4-6 PM
Kiva, UCEN

A panel of student leaders will discuss the importance of voting and what issues they feel are most important. UM-Flint political science professors, Jason Kosnoski and Kim Saks McManaway will serve as moderators for this event. After the panel has discussed questions from the moderators, they will then take questions from members of the audience. This event hopes to show students that it is possible to have a profound impact on our democracy as a college student.

Panelists:

  • Matt Deitsch, Leader with March for our Lives
  • Santino Guerra, UM-Flint student and Flint city councilman
  • Brooklyn Golden, UM-Flint student and leader with Black Student Union
  • Brandon Hahn, UM-Flint student and member of UM-Flint debate team

Coffee & Conversation: What college students want from the Government

October 24, 1-2pm
335 French Hall

Coffee and Conversation is a monthly dialogue focused on current issues of political and social importance facilitated by faculty from the Department of Political Science. Students, faculty, and staff from all academic backgrounds gather to discuss issues like healthcare, immigration, presidential power, and more.

Organized by the Political Science Department

Coffee & Conversation: Mid-term Election & Discussion

November 14, 1-2pm
335 French Hall

Coffee and Conversation is a monthly dialogue focused on current issues of political and social importance facilitated by faculty from the Department of Political Science. Students, faculty, and staff from all academic backgrounds gather to discuss issues like healthcare, immigration, presidential power, and more.

Organized by the Political Science Department

Coffee & Conversation: Religious Freedom in the United States

December 12, 1-2pm
335 French Hall

Coffee and Conversation is a monthly dialogue focused on current issues of political and social importance facilitated by faculty from the Department of Political Science. Students, faculty, and staff from all academic backgrounds gather to discuss issues like healthcare, immigration, presidential power, and more.

Organized by the Political Science Department

Past Events

Do's and Don'ts of Voter Registration

September 13, 2-4pm
Michigan Room B

Can a person who is 17 register to vote? If a person moves to Michigan Oct. 9th, can they register to vote in Michigan in November? Can incarcerated citizens be registered to vote and can they vote?

There are many questions that come with voter registration and many responsibilities to ensure citizens are registered the right way. During this event with County Clerk John Gleason, participants will learn who can register voters, who can be registered to vote, the rules of registering people to vote, and upcoming deadlines associated with voter registration. Additionally, participants will have an opportunity to ask questions of the County Clerk about election protocol. 

Organized by the UM-Flint Votes committee

Constitution Day: Counteracting Ambition

Counteracting Ambition: Congressional Responses to the Growing Executive
A Conversation with Congressman Dan Kildee

September 18, 11:30am-12:30pm
UCEN

Political scientists have highlighted the increased reliance on unilateral presidential action rather than more deliberative forms of governance over the past century. Yet this was not the intended norm. In Federalist 51, James Madison wrote that ''[a]mbition must he made to counteract ambition. The interest of the man must be connected with the constitutional rights of the place." While many commentators have noted this trend with President Trump, it predates him by more than a century. 

This Constitution Day, Congressman Dan Kildee will join faculty from the University of Michigan-Flint Department of Political Science in a conversation about how Congress deals with the growing executive power. Event is free and open to the public. 

Organized by the Political Science Department and Office of Government Relations

Coffee & Conversation: Presidential Power in The Trump Era

September 19, 1-2pm
335 French Hall

Coffee and Conversation is a monthly dialogue focused on current issues of political and social importance facilitated by faculty from the Department of Political Science. Students, faculty, and staff from all academic backgrounds gather to discuss issues like healthcare, immigration, presidential power, and more.

Organized by the Political Science Department 

Student Forum on Voting Issues

September 26, 2-4pm
Michigan Rooms A&B

Students will be able to engage in dialogue about important issues. The goal of this event is to ensure that students are able to make educated decisions on election day. 

Organized by the UM-Flint Votes committee and Student Government

Mobile Secretary of State office

October 2, 10am-4pm
UCEN drive

The Secretary of State Mobile Branch will visit campus. Students can register to vote as well as receive other services that are provided at SOS locations throughout the state.

Organized by the Political Science Department & Office of Government Relations

Health Issues in the 2018 Election

Panel discussion & Voter registration

October 3, 5-7:30pm
WSW, Room 1205

Agenda: 

5-5:30pm: Voter registration
5:30-7pm: Forum with panelists and moderated Q&A session
7-7:30pm: Voter registration

Featuring: 

Jim Malinowski
President and CEO, Genesee Health Plan
Health Care Services Millage Renewal

Emily Schwarzkopf
Policy Analyst, Michigan League of Public Policy
Medicaid Issues

Dr. Bobby Mukkamala
Local otolaryngologist and Trustee for the American Medical Association
Health Insurance Issues

Dave Woodward
Strategic Advisor, Economic Justice Alliance of Michigan
Earned Sick Leave

Yvonne Lewis
Moderator

Presented by the College of Health Sciences, Genesee County Medical Society, and the Department of Political Science