Our increasingly polarized political climate has produced a crazy year of campaigning, debating and mudslinging, but the end of the 2016 US presidential race is in sight. Even though this election cycle has brought major attention to US politics, it’s taken some attention away from the real issues.
Between rising tuition costs and a minimum wage that hasn’t been raised in decades, there are many issues that directly pertain to young people. Politics can sometimes be an overwhelming topic as it’s so broad, but there are many ways for students to get involved from the grassroots. Students can get involved in the two main political groups on the KU campus – our College Republicans chapter and Jayhawks for Hillary – even after the election is over.
Adam Steinhilber is the leader of the KU College Republicans. He’s a third-year senior studying Political Science and has been involved with the organization since he was a freshman. The College Republicans host a meeting once a month to talk about not only national, but also local politics. They also sponsor events, welcome speakers like Lynn Jenkins this October and get members involved in political campaigns. If you’d like to find out more, check out their page on Rock Chalk Central or Twitter.
On the other end of the political spectrum is our Jayhawks for Hillary group. I got to talk with the founder, Connor Birzer, who is no longer involved but still helps out from behind the scenes. New leadership has recently taken over, but that hasn’t stopped their momentum. Jayhawks for Hillary holds phone banks, collaborates with the Douglas County Democrats and continues to get students enthused about getting politically involved. Get in contact with them through their Rock Chalk Central or Twitter pages for more information.
Wherever you may fall on the political spectrum, being educated and involved in the political process is important. After all, the future of policy is in the hands of young people – the people it will affect most.
On Election night (Nov. 8) this story and others like it will be showcased on our Election special from 8- 10pm. Be sure to check it out!