A Conversation About Young Adult Voter Behavior

In the 2016 general election, an incredible number of young adult voters turned out at the polls; it was, after all, a high-stakes election that was emotionally-charged for many.

However, despite this bump in turnout, young adult (ages 18-35) voter turnout remains critically low (43% in Silicon Valley) in comparison to other/older age groups (59-74%).
Why aren’t young people voting? What does this new generation of voters need in order to want to engage in elections?

Please join us on Monday, September 18th as we focus in on these topics in an interactive conversation about where the problems lay and what we need to do in order to overcome them.

  • Date: Monday, September 18, 2017
  • Time: 3:00 – 5:00 pm
  • Place: San Jose State University Library, Room 225

Featured speakers include:

  • Mindy Romero, Director of the California Civic Engagement Project at the Center for Regional Change at U.C. Davis
  • Matt Mahan, CEO and Co-Founder, Brigade
  • Dr. Mary Currin-Percival, SJSU Assistant Professor of Political Science

Presented by the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies, in partnership with San Jose State University.

The Constitution LIVE

In Honer of Constitution Day, the College of Social Sciences
and the Political Science Department present The Constitution LIVE. SJSU students, faculty, and administrators will be reading the U.S. Constitution aloud continuously throughout the day. Free pocket constitutions will be handed out to the first 300 people. An expert will be on hand to answer all questions about the U.S. Constitution.

When: Monday, September 18, 2017
Where: Smith Carlos Lawn (Outside of Clark Hall)
Contact: james.brent@sjsu.edu

Lauren Cordova Named 2017 Outstanding Graduating Senior

Lauren Cordova, ’17 Behavioral Science and Sociology, has been named one of this year’s Outstanding Graduating Seniors. This award recognizes leadership on and off campus, contributions to the community, and academic achievement.

Lauren has worked in LGBTQ+ organizations throughout her time at SJSU and during a year at University College Dublin. She has held leadership positions at SJSU’s Queers Thoughtfully Interrupting Prejudice, Peers in Pride, and Peer Connections. She has also worked at San Jose’s LGBTQ+ Youth Space Speaker’s Bureau. While demonstrating a commitment to her fellow Spartans, she has maintained a 3.846 GPA. She conducted research on underrepresented minority students in the College of Social Sciences, alongside Professor Amy Leisenring. Their work led to a paper which they presented at the Pacific Sociological Association conference in April. Lauren will attend the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education.

Dean’s Spring 2017 Graduate Student Colloquium

Social Science scholarship explores complex, often interrelated, social processes. It also researches ways in which the quality of life of individuals can be improved and the society can become more just, vibrant, and sustainable. Presentations in this colloquium represent the wide range of inquiries that social scientists pursue: ethical alternatives to risky high-interest payday loans; impact of parking requirements on housing affordability; political participations among women in the Evangelical church; how movies and books bring our attention to the environment and shape our world; and people’s attitudes toward rent control policies.

This event is open to the campus community.