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SJS 02 — Voting Rights Advocacy and Mobilization

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Mondays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Jan 30—Mar 13
Time: 5:00—6:50 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Feb 1
Unit: 1
Tuition: $385
Instructor(s): Melissa Goldberg
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)
5:00—6:50 pm (PT)
Jan 30—Mar 13
6 weeks
Refund Date
Feb 1
1 Unit
Melissa Goldberg
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.

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 and how to navigate setbacks and mobilize people on this important issue. Activities 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 hearing from 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 community and how to advocate to elected officials to stand up for voting rights in this country.

Training Director, Ohio Democratic Party; 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.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Chris Lipp & Antoine de Morree, Magnetic: How Great Leaders Persuade and Inspire, 1st Edition (ISBN 978-1792457777)