Student Ambassadors Announce Annual Civic Engagement Events

September 5, 2019

By Alexis Soucy

The New Hampshire Institute of Politics (NHIOP) and the Kevin B. Harrington Student Ambassadors’ Civic Engagement Committee are hosting a series of events to celebrate citizenship, voting rights, and the ratification of the U.S. Constitution.

The Civic Engagement Committee, a group of 24 ambassadors led by co-chairs Melanie Fey ‘20 and Brendan Flaherty '21, plans nonpartisan programs each September to help their peers develop key citizenship skills and become more civically engaged.

“This year’s theme will surround the centennial anniversary of the 19th Amendment,” explained Fey. “Each event is crafted to educate and engage the student body and greater community on the importance of civic duty while celebrating the constitution.” 

Earlier this year, the College announced programming celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which granted women across the nation equal voting rights. This September’s constitution and citizenship events aim to further the larger discussion about the 19th Amendment.

The celebration of citizenship will begin with the Constitutionally Speaking Treat Lecture on September 5 and conclude with a naturalization ceremony on September 27. Events are open to members of the Saint Anselm College community and will allow attendees to reflect on their rights and responsibilities as U.S. citizens at a time when constitutional issues frequently confront the nation.

Celebration of Citizenship Events

“New Hampshire’s Essence: Civic Engagement & Civility”
Thursday, September 5, 6:30 p.m., NHIOP Auditorium
Senator Judd Gregg will speak at the Constitutionally Speaking William W. Treat Lecture, in conversation with Joe McQuaid of the New Hampshire Union Leader.

“The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote”
Tuesday, September 10, 6 p.m., NHIOP Auditorium
Award-winning author Elaine Weiss will speak on her new book, The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote, which has won glowing reviews from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, and NPR, among others.

Constitution Day
Tuesday, September 17, 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Jean Student Center
Enjoy cake and pocket constitutions in the Jean Student Center in celebration of Constitution Day.

National Voter Registration Day 
Tuesday, September 24, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Alumni Quad
Get the scoop on voting during National Voter Registration Day with Ben and Jerry's ice cream on the quad.

Naturalization Ceremony
Friday, September 27, 3 p.m., NHIOP Auditorium
Individuals from various countries will be sworn in as United States Citizens at the NHIOP to close out the celebration. 

The Kevin B. Harrington Student Ambassador Program is open to freshmen and sophomores of all majors. Those interested in joining the program are invited to attend an information session on Wednesday, September 18 at 7 p.m. in the NHIOP West Wing.