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SJS 02 — Voting Rights Advocacy and Mobilization

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Sundays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Jan 30—Mar 13
Time: 10:00—11:50 am (PT)
Refund Deadline: Feb 1
Unit: 1
Tuition: $360
Instructor(s): Melissa Goldberg, Antoine de Morree
Limit: 50
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
Please Note: No class on February 20
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Live Online(About Formats)
10:00—11:50 am (PT)
Jan 30—Mar 13
6 weeks
Refund Date
Feb 1
1 Unit
Melissa Goldberg, Antoine de Morree
Please Note: No class on February 20
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
A centerpiece of any democracy is safe and secure elections. There is currently widespread debate about our election processes, and many laws are being proposed across the US under the guise of creating more secure elections. However, when applied, these laws result in decreasing access to voting, especially for minority and low-income voters.

In this course, we will take a close look at voting laws and proposed changes to those laws and offer tools to mobilize people to vote. With the 2022 elections approaching, now is a pivotal time to rebuild public trust in voting and make sure that voting continues to be a fair and accessible process.

Drawing on the latest research in neuroscience and psychology, as well as techniques used to mobilize hundreds of thousands of Americans in presidential campaigns and other political movements, you will learn about voting rights history as well as how to navigate setbacks and mobilize people on this important issue.

In-class activity will include small-group discussion and strategy sessions to plan and reflect on actions taken between class meetings, learning about effective advocacy and mobilization techniques, and guest speakers from the front lines of the voting rights movement.

Major assignments will include meeting with at least one elected official’s office regarding relevant legislation and participating in at least one additional project. You will leave this course knowing how to mobilize your communities and how to advocate to elected officials to stand up for voting rights in this country.

Trainer, National Democratic Training Committee and What Works! Communications; Founder, Speech Capital

Melissa Goldberg served on the seven-member team that organized the largest political calls program in US history, resulting in the Biden/Harris campaign receiving the highest number of votes ever cast. Goldberg has taught persuasion, advocacy, and mobilization skills to over 40,000 volunteers. She has persuaded members of the US Congress to co-sign legislation, taught influence skills for Stanford Leaders in Communication, and taught communication and influence for businesses and organizations in a wide variety of industries.

Instructor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences, Stanford

Antoine de Morrée's work has been published in numerous scientific journals including Science and Nature, and he has received multiple awards for his research and leadership. He is a Stanford-certified Compassion Facilitator and co-author of the book Magnetic: How Great Leaders Persuade and Inspire. He received a PhD from Leiden University, the Netherlands.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Chris Lipp and Antoine De Morree, Becoming Magnetic: A Communication Handbook for Future Leaders (ISBN 978-1792457760)