PARTICIPATE 2016: Stay up to date with election events on campus

Several programs are planned leading up to November’s election

Looking for a way to learn more about the upcoming election? The St. John’s Participate program has you covered.

Here’s a list of the upcoming election-related events on campus:


Watch the Second Presidential Debate – St. John’s is hosting an event on Sunday, Oct. 9 where the University’s community is invited to watch the second presidential debate after Mass. According to the St. John’s website, dinner will be provided at 6:30 p.m. followed by a conversation about the election. The debate starts at 9 p.m.

Date: Oct. 9

Time: 6:30-11 p.m.

Location: St. Thomas More Church


Politics as Usual? Let’s Talk About the Issues! Part I – On Tuesday, Oct. 11, the Vincentian Center for Church and Society is hosting “Politics as Usual? Let’s Talk About the Issues!.” The topics, according to the St. John’s website, are the environment and income inequality. This is the first of two “Let’s Talk About the Issues” events where students are invited to learn about issues and voice their thoughts on them. You must register before attending the event.

Date: Oct. 11

Time: 5-6:30 p.m.

Location: DAC, room 128


Red Rock the Vote – As part of the “Rock the Red” activities, students will have the opportunity to register to vote from Monday, Oct. 11 to Friday, Oct. 14. According to the University’s website, from 12-4 p.m. students can register, check their registration and receive a free giveaway during the event.

Date: Oct. 11-14

Time: 12-4

Location: Marillac Terrace


Hot Topics in Social Justice: Dialogue on Policing In Minority Neighborhoods – This discussion will focus on the impact that law enforcement practices and policies have on minority communities. Panelists representing the perspectives of law enforcement, communities affected by law enforcement, and Catholic social teachings will all be present. After panelists present, a discussion will take place among participants. This event is scheduled to take place on Oct. 13. There will also be video conferences for the Staten Island and Manhattan campuses.

Date: Oct. 13

Time: 2-3 p.m.

Location: DAC 310


Voter Registration Deadline – Remember to register to vote before the deadline by heading to  Marillac Terrace during Red Rock the Vote.

Date: Oct. 14

Time: 12-4 p.m.

Location: Marillac Terrace


Watch the Third Presidential Debate – The University will be hosting its last watch party for the third presidential debate on Oct. 19, from 9-11 p.m. Before the debate at 9 p.m. there will be a brief discussion among  participants.

Date: Oct. 19

Time: 9-11 p.m.

Location: DAC, Sodano Coffee House


Politics As Usual? Let’s Talk About the Issues Part II – The Vincentian Center for Church and Society is hosting “Politics as Usual? Let’s Talk About the Issues!” According to the University’s website, the topics that will be covered are immigration and “2016 as a Realigning Election.” This is the last event of the “Politics As Usual?” series where students can talk about these issues with faculty and eat some pizza on Oct. 20 from 5-7 p.m. You must register before attending the event.

Date: Oct. 20

Time: 5-7 p.m.

Location: DAC room 128


Meet the Candidates Night – On Monday Oct. 24, SJU is hosting an event for students to meet with and hear from local candidates in the Queens area. Topics of discussion will include issues that are important to college students, as well as issues important to the local community.

Date: Oct. 24

Time: 7-9 p.m.

Location: DAC room 206


Election Night Watch Party – According to the school website, there will be an “Election Night Watch Party” on Nov. 8 from 9-11 p.m. in which students can mingle and watch the election live.

Date: Nov. 8

Time: 9-11 p.m.

Location: DAC room 128


Editor’s note: We will continue to update this list when/if more information becomes available on these events.