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MSU Denver’s American Democracy Project hosts Oct. 19 ballot issue debate for Amendments 69 and 70


Contact: Tim Carroll, O:303-556-5136, C:303-870-7705

Posted: October 17, 2016



WHAT: As a member of American Democracy Project (ADP), Metropolitan State University of Denver is organizing a ballot issue debate to help educate students and encourage civic engagement. Amendment 69, ColoradoCare single-payer health care system; and Amendment 70, Colorado Minimum Wage Raise to $12 will be debated with representatives for and against the ballot issues.

WHY: The goal of ADP is to produce college and university graduates who are committed to being informed, engaged members of their communities. The project was established in 2003 as an initiative of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities in partnership with The New York Times. 

WHEN/

WHERE: Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016

Tivoli Turnhalle, Auraria Campus

890 Auraria Parkway, Denver 80204                 

 

Agenda

11 a.m.

Welcome

11:05-11:15 a.m

Minimum wage issue PRO: Lizeth Chacon, co-chair of Colorado Families for a Fair Wage

11:15-11:25 a.m.

Minimum wage issue CON: Tyler Sandberg, campaign manager Keep Colorado Working

11:25-11:35 a.m.

Minimum wage moderator discussion: Rey Hernández-Julián, Ph.D., MSU Denver associate professor of economics

11:45-11:55 a.m.

ColoradoCare issue PRO: Ralph Ogden, ColoradoCare campaign attorney; Julie Perla, ColoradoCare regional organizer

11:55 a.m. -12:05 p.m.

ColoradoCare issue CON: Matt Derrington, CRL Associates speaker for Coloradans for Coloradans

12:05 – 12:15 p.m.

ColoradoCare moderator discussion: Jeff Helton, Ph.D., MSU Denver associate professor health care management

 

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About American Democracy Project

The American Democracy Project (ADP) is a network of more than 250 state colleges and universities focused on public higher education’s role in preparing the next generation of informed, engaged citizens for our democracy. ADP was established in 2003 as an initiative of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) in partnership with The New York Times. The goal of the American Democracy Project is to produce college and university graduates who are committed to being informed, engaged members of their communities. Since its inception, ADP has hosted 14 national and 18 regional meetings, a series of national civic engagement in action initiatives, a national assessment project, and hundreds of campus initiatives including voter education and registration, curriculum revision projects, campus audits, special days of action and reflection (MLK Day of ServiceConstitution Day), speaker series and many recognition and award programs.

About Metropolitan State University of Denver

MSU Denver is a leader in educating Coloradans in university programs particularly relevant to the state’s economy and the demands of today’s employers. With the highest number of ethnically diverse students among the state’s four-year colleges, MSU Denver offers 76 majors plus master’s degrees in accounting, business, health administration, teaching and social work. Nearly 20,000 students are currently enrolled at MSU Denver, and 75 percent of the University’s 87,000 graduates have remained in Colorado as valuable members of the state’s workforce. 

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