Nancy Thomas, Director of the Institute for Democracy and Higher Education (IDHE), remarked on a recent phone call with colleagues in the Campus Compact network that the common denominator for schools that had high voter turnout rates? They talk about it. Everywhere. In classes, with athletic teams, in the cafeteria, in formal debates and informal coffee chats. And not just once or during election years. They talk about politics–all. the. time.
Yet we also know that for a variety of reasons, it’s harder than ever to talk about politics now.