Civic Engagement Series

The Swearer Center's Civic Engagement Series brings together students, faculty, staff and community to learn, reflect and take action. Through workshops, presentations, and convenings, participants engage with multiple strategies communities use to effect social change around an issue impacting Providence & Rhode Island.

The Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy co-sponsors the Spring 2024 series, which focuses on Voting Justice

Presentations & Workshops
Ensuring Every Voice Counts: The Importance of Voting Rights and Access

Thursday, April 11, 12-1:30 p.m., with Brown Bag Lunch

In collaboration with Disability Rights Rhode Island (DRRI), join Kate Bowden, Senior Attorney at Disability Rights Rhode Island, for a presentation about the importance of voting rights and accessible voting. Participants in this event will learn about the justice work of DRRI. Through examining voting practices and voting rights, participants will learn about barriers to accessibility and how we can dismantle them. An interactive demonstration of accessible voting equipment and strategies for how to advocate for voting access for all will be shared during this presentation. This workshop is ideal for anyone who:

  • is passionate about voting equity and access
  • has a disability(ies)
  • is an advocate and ally for people with disabilities

Empowering Democracy: The Case for Ranked Choice Voting

Thursday, April 18, 3-4 p.m.

Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) seeks to make elections more fair and reduce opportunities for negative campaigning. Join Ocean State Ranked Choice Voting for an interactive workshop that will teach core principles and practices to RCV. Participants can expect to learn how RCV innovates our voting practices for improved voter choice and representation. In addition, participants will learn how they can influence the work helping to bring RCV to Rhode Island. 

Whether you're a voter, advocate, or policymaker, discover how to empower yourself to catalyze positive electoral reform and representation.

Bills for Inclusive Democracy

Tuesday, April 23, 1-2:30 p.m.

Democracy works best when everyone can participate. Learn how Common Cause RI leads the fight for an open, ethical, accountable, and effective electoral process. This workshop will help you develop a foundational understanding of how bills are introduced, deliberated, and passed. In addition, learn about specific bills that positively impact democratic participation and will empower individuals and communities to take action.


Co-Sponsored Workshops
Alumni Panel: Working on Political Campaigns
Tuesday, April 2, 6-7:30 p.m.
Brown's VIRTUAL 2024 Campaign Internship and Job Fair Wednesday, April 3, 5-7 p.m.
Brown's 2024 Campaign Bootcamp: Skills for Sustaining Civic Engagement

Sunday, April 21, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
First Floor, Brown Center for Career Exploration

This day-long workshop will be useful for students who are:

  • interested in developing key skills and frameworks for civic engagement;
  • interested in learning how to mobilize communities in taking action together;
  • seeking a job on a political campaign in 2024; or
  • wanting to build key skills to hit the ground running on a campaign job they have already accepted

Lunch will be provided.

The Center for Career Exploration, in collaboration with the Swearer Center for Public Service, invites civically engaged students to this day-long training to prepare for sustained long-term civic engagement. This Workshop is meant to reach students with a multidisciplinary interest in civic and community engagement. Giving them a shared understanding of power, how it has historically been used in the U.S., and how it can be operationalized by individuals and groups today to advance social change.

Politics and Policy Lunch Series with Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy
Various dates, 12-1 p.m.
Leung Conference Room (110)
Stephen Robert '62 Hall, 280 Brook Street
Previous Series

Spring 2023: Pathways to Housing Justice



If you have questions about the Civic Engagement Series, please contact Joshua Rodriguez