National conference features Dominican's College Debate 2016 panel

Dr. Hanna Rodriguez-Farrar, Vice President for Public Affairs and University Relations, and Dr. Paul Raccanello, Dean of Student Affairs, presented Dominican’s work on College Debate 2016 (CD16) at the annual meeting of the American Association of Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) on January 26.

College Debate 16 was a national, non-partisan social media program designed to empower young voters to identify issues and help influence the national debate during the U.S. presidential election. As a voter education partner for the Commission on Presidential Debates, Dominican developed and led CD16.

One hundred forty seven college students from colleges nationwide served as CD16 delegates. They came to Dominican’s San Rafael, CA, campus in June for a convening that focused on civil discourse and online/digital citizenship. The delegates then engaged their peers, classmates, and friends through social media on the issues that mattered the most to them. The students returned to campus in early September for a Convention and Town Hall. The September program resulted in six questions that were forwarded to the moderators of the debates with hopes that the moderators might use one of the questions.

AAC&U panel also featured student delegates Talia Gonzalez (Dominican University of California) and Prathm Juneja (University of Notre Dame). The delegates described how they engaged their peers, friends, and classmates using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat.  The multimedia presentation also featured videos from the June training and an overview of the CD16 September Convention and Town Hall.

AAC&U is the leading national association concerned with the quality, vitality, and public standing of undergraduate liberal education. Founded in 1915, AAC&U comprises nearly 1,400 member institutions—including public and private colleges, community colleges, research universities, and comprehensive universities. The AAC&U 2017 annual meeting is being held in San Francisco, Jan. 25-28.


January 26, 2017