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MMC Community Gets Out the Vote: 2020 Edition

November 02, 2020
  • Via Patrick Durigan (@PDurigan88):
    “Thank you @SeawrightForNY for securing @NYCMarymount as an additional polling place in the UES. In and out in 10 mins today. #NYCWaitTime #EarlyVoting#Vote”
In addition to serving as an early voting location on October 31 and November 1, Marymount Manhattan College is thrilled to showcase how members of the community are working to get out the vote and educate their peers on the 2020 election and its surrounding conversations.
Early Voting Location Added at Marymount Manhattan College

On Friday, October 30, MMC announced it was approved by the New York State Board of Elections as an additional early voting location for Saturday and Sunday. The added site was championed by New York State Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright after long lines and wait times plagued the only other Upper East Side location, Robert F. Wagner Middle School. “MMC is proud to support the American democratic process and to protect the nation’s most fundamental right—the right to vote,” MMC’s President Kerry Walk, Ph.D. shared in a statement. Watch the CBS News report here. By Monday, November 2, over 1 million New Yorker City residents had voted early.

MMC Students Prepare to Vote

Marymount Manhattan College’s student-run digital newspaper, The Monitor, has released a voting guide for Generation Z voters and fellow students. Written by Communications Arts major Imani Rivera, Digital Journalism major Rayiah Ross, Journalism and Politics & Human Rights double major Averee Nelson, and Digital Journalism major Shelby Hall, the guide provides in-depth overviews of the history and practices of the presidential election and how it relates to Generation Z students in California, Massachusetts, New York, and Virginia.

Alumna Encourages Voting in Home State

Meghan Keeney ’20, a former Monitor writer and alumna of MMC’s Dance and Digital journalism programs, was recently published by The News Tribune for an article on voter turnout within her home state of Washington. After exploring voting statistics and behaviors, Keeney urges those eligible to make their voices heard, whether that’s by mail or in person.

The Pandemic Election of 2020: A Virtual Event at MMC

On October 22, MMC’s Institute for Professional and Advanced Studies, Alumni Relations, and Center for Learning and Living presented The Pandemic Election of 2020, featuring Associate Professor of Political Science at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Susan Kang, and Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Arts, Tatiana Serafin.

Prof. Kang, whose research focuses on economic and social rights, addressed voter protection and the resurgence of grassroots activism in electoral politics in New York City and New York State. Prof. Serafin, award-winning journalist and podcast host, spoke on the role of social media platforms in this year’s highly contentious national, state, and local elections.

Upcoming Post-Election Events at MMC

#DemocracyMoves
From November 1–7, MMC’s Social Sciences Assembly asks the community to share what democracy means to you on social media and tag @SocSciMMC.

Third Annual Emotional Intelligence Symposium
On November 3 from 1–2 p.m., MMC’s Career Services and Counseling and Wellness Center are hosting an event to provide participants with a foundation in understanding Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and how to strengthen their own EQ. This year, the two keynote presentations are by Associate Professor of Psychology, Nava Silton, Ph.D., and Chief Operating Officer at the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Christine Gregory, Esq. Please RSVP through MMC Engage.

Therapy Animals
On November 4 from 11 a.m.–noon, MMC will be hosting a Zoom meeting featuring therapy dogs and other animals to brighten up your hectic day.

Post-Election Community Conversation Moderated by Rebecca Mattis-Pinard 
On November 4 at 4 p.m., join MMC’s  Chief Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Officer Rebecca Mattis-Pinard to discuss our thoughts and feelings, support each other, and process the outcome.

Extended Drop-In hours at CWC 
On November 4, 5, and 6 from noon–4 p.m., the Counseling and Wellness Center is expanding their “Drop-In” hours for the days following the election. Sessions will be held via phone or video. Drop-In hours are typically 2–4 p.m., Monday–Friday. For an appointment, please email counseling@mmm.edu or call (212) 774-0700.

Post-Election Mindfulness
On November 5 at 5 p.m., join Suzanne Sorrentino from the Counseling and Wellness Center to learn and practice mindfulness after a stressful election.

Politics and Human Rights Event Series: Fair Elections
On November 9 from 6–7 p.m., join special guest Jabari Brisport, Democratic nominee for NYS 25th State Senate, actor, activist, and teacher in NYC, as he discusses elections in the current political climate. This event is brought to you by the Department of Politics and Human Rights in collaboration with the Department of International Studies.

Marymount Manhattan Votes

MMC also encourages students, faculty, and staff to fill out their ballots for the upcoming November 3 election. Members of the MMC community, from President Kerry Walk and the MMC staff to students and SGA representatives, expressed why voting is personally important to them. Check out what they had to say in the video below!