A Message from New CIRCLE Director Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg
Dear friends and partners,
It is an extreme honor and privilege to take the reins as Director of CIRCLE—Tisch College’s Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement. I inherit the rich tradition of timely, impactful, and reliable research on youth civic learning and engagement which CIRCLE has been known for since its founding in 2001. I am thrilled to lead our organization toward a deeper understanding of civic disparities and the systems that affect all aspects of youth civic participation.
We strongly believe that young people play a critical role in the health of our democracy and that all young people can effectively participate so long as they are well-prepared and well-supported. Yet, as our research has shown time and time again, our country has a two-tier system of democratic and civic opportunities. The most marginalized members of our society are also the most disengaged; they are virtually shut out of civic life without access to the same civic preparation and resources as their more privileged peers. This bifurcated system negatively impacts youth in poverty, youth of color, immigrant youth, women and girls, as well as other marginalized groups.
CIRCLE’s mission has long been to focus on those young people who are marginalized or disadvantaged in political life, but in the coming years we will bring new depth and perspectives to this work. In partnership with our rich network of researchers, practitioners, and policy makers, CIRCLE will delve further into issues of inclusion in a range of dimensions including race, gender and class; analyzing how individual and systemic factors affect civic participation.
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Young Voters on 2016 Candidates: Meh
In our first of many upcoming analyses of young people’s role in the next presidential election, we took a look at how youth voters in the 2014 exit poll rated several declared or likely candidates on the question: “Would they make a good president?”
Research on Civic Renewal
CIRCLE leaders undertake projects under the broad Tisch College research umbrella that explore and advance civic renewal:
• America’s Civic Renewal Movement: The View from Organizational Leaders: Interviews with 20 key leaders about strategies to expand civic engagement
• Fighting the Good Fight Means Agreeing a Little with the Other Side: An evaluation of Bloggingheads TV video debates on viewers’ openness to embrace different viewpoints
• Reading about Money in Politics Makes Citizens More Informed and Engaged: An evaluation of the Center for Public Integrity’s series of articles on political contributions
Find more analysis in our 2016 Election Center. For regular updates in your Inbox about youth and the 2016 election, sign up for CIRCLE's monthly E-Update here.