Justice & Democracy 2020

Justice & Democracy 2020 is a campaign to ignite greater civic engagement among our students, alumni, faculty and staff, and the community at large. This nonpartisan campaign includes special events that will help voters understand the candidates, issues, and initiatives on their November ballot and their impact on individuals, systems, and communities. We also provide resources and opportunities to actively engage in efforts such as voter registration drives and issue advocacy. 

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Make Your Mark

We invite you to share your voice with the GSSW community by advocating for a social issue you are especially passionate about. Please join us in the important work of civic activism by submitting a statement and/or video about your advocacy that will display on GSSW social media channels. 

Share Your Voice


Civic Engagement Through the Voices of Latino/a Youth: Exploring Definitions, Supports and Barriers

This research project aims to expand understanding of how Latinx adolescents define civic engagement, understand how Latinx adolescents see their own civic engagement both supported and hindered, and identify strategies that young people believe will help promote civic engagement among themselves and their peers. This qualitative study engaged 16 Latinx youth as experts in their own lives and as partners in data analysis, along with focus groups with 108 Latinx youth who may or may not be civically engaged. The study is situated in two major U.S. cities: Houston and Denver. Three community organizations focused on positive youth development and civic engagement collaborated on the project. Read More

Justice & Democracy 2020 Virtual Event Series

Although the November presidential election grabs headlines, candidates and issues further down the ballot can also have lasting impact on you and the issues you care about. From protesting to policy advocacy, registering voters, volunteering for a campaign or casting your ballot, there’s never been a more important time to get involved in shaping our democracy to advance justice.

This fall we hosted a nonpartisan Justice & Democracy series to explore and engage with democracy in action.

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Past Event: Voter Rights

GSSW Dean Amanda Moore McBride hosted a deep discussion with Colorado Common Cause Executive Director Amanda Gonzalez about voter advocacy and voter suppression, past and present. They shared ideas for getting involved in the November 2020 election beyond voting and answered guest questions. 

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  • Bio Amanda Gonzalez

    As the Executive Director of Colorado Common Cause, Amanda Gonzalez leads campaigns, fundraising, and engages local, state, and national organizations in building coalitions around Colorado. Amanda comes to the organization with a broad range of nonprofit and corporate experience. She previously served as the policy analyst at FRESC: Good Jobs, Strong Communities (now United for a New Economy), executive director of the Colorado Latino Leadership, Advocacy, and Research Organization (CLLARO), the program director at the Colorado Civic Engagement Roundtable, and the CEO of PTB Management. She is current a board member at the Colorado Fiscal Institute, Focus Points Family Resource Center, New Era, and the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association. Amanda has a BA from Occidental College and a JD from the University of Denver Strum College of Law.


Past Event: Getting to Know Colorado Candidates

Following the November 2020 election, Colorado will have a mix of new and returning legislators in the General Assembly and Congress. Sponsored by GSSW and presented by the Colorado Nonprofit Association, this session helped attendees get to know local and statewide candidates and learn how they can get to know nonprofit organizations.

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Past Event: Beers & Ballots

What initiatives will be on the November ballot in Colorado, and what are the potential impacts on the issues you care most about? GSSW’s popular election-season tradition is back this year in a virtual format. The Bell Policy Center reviewed each of the local and state ballot initiatives and Our Courts Colorado discussed the process of voting for judges. In partnership with our sponsor, Lady Justice Brewing, GSSW offered free crowlers to the first 100 event attendees to visit the brewery following the event. 

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